A good attempt at a very difficult problem: to present string theory in a way that is accessible to people with only an undergraduate understanding ofA good attempt at a very difficult problem: to present string theory in a way that is accessible to people with only an undergraduate understanding of quantum mechanics. It succeeds quite well in this task and it allows the (sufficiently dedicated) reader to gain an understanding of some of the mathematics as well as the origin of the excitement behind the theory. By its nature, it cannot cover any of the most exciting recent work, but this should not be held against it. If you took quantum mechanics in college, and now later in life want to know what all the commotion about string theory has been for the past 40 or so years, this is the best place I've found to start....more

An excellent science book that lives at a level above the standard pop-sci books (which shy away from formula or the details of any of the ideas beingAn excellent science book that lives at a level above the standard pop-sci books (which shy away from formula or the details of any of the ideas being discussed) and textbooks (which often concentrate heavily on the mathematical formalism encoding the ideas with only the rare good ones giving in depth discussion of the underlying intuitions). You of course need to take anything that are his own theories with a grain of salt (the last few chapters) and I did not think he gave a very satisfactory explanation of string theory or the other various quantum gravity theories being worked on. All in all a good read as long as you are willing to put in the time for the mathematics....more

Lots of interesting ideas and fascinating examples, but irritatingly written and often overly hyperbolic in his claims. Interesting, but I doubt it'sLots of interesting ideas and fascinating examples, but irritatingly written and often overly hyperbolic in his claims. Interesting, but I doubt it's a revolution in the making (and certainly not a revolution of his creation)....more