"Brian Greene skillfully describes how the amazing theories of relativity
and quantum mechanics transformed our understanding of nature in the last
century, and how in our own time new ideas, developed in seeking to unify
the laws of nature, probably hold the seeds of a major upheaval in
physics. Everyone who is curious about the horizons of theoretical physics
- past, present, and future - will greatly enjoy this book."|
Edward Witten, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton University
"The Elegant Universe is a delightful, lucid introduction to the greatest problem in physics, the quest to unify all the laws of nature. Greene does a masterful job in presenting complex materials in a lively, engaging manner. Highly recommended to anyone who has ever gazed at the heavens and wondered, as Einstein did, if God had a choice in making the universe."
Michio Kaku, author of Hyperspace a Visions
"Brian Greene has come forth with a beautifully crafted account of string
theory - a theory that appears to be a most promising way station on the
road to an ultimate theory of everything. His book gives a clear, simple,
yet masterful account that makes a complex theory very accessible to
nonscientists, but is also a delightful read for the professional."|
David M. Lee, Nobel Laureate in Physics, Cornell University
"Brian Greene's book is a tour de force of science writing. Perhaps more than any other popular-level account, this book peels away layers of detail and reveals the stunning essence of cutting-edge physics. With a rare blend of scientific integrity and literary flair, the author takes us on a whirlwind journey to the forefront of the search for the ultimate theory of the universe."
Shing-Tung Yau, Fields Medalist, winner of the National Medal of Science, Harvard University
|Brian Greene received his undergraduate degree from Harvard University and his doctorate from Oxford University, where he was a Rhodes Scholar. He joined the physics faculty of Cornell University in 1990, was appointed to a full professorship in 1995, and in 1996 joined Columbia University where he is currently a professor of physics and mathematics. He has lectured at both a general and a technical level in more than twenty countries and is widely regarded for a number of groundbreaking discoveries in superstring theory.|
It has been said that the act of exploration is not so much one of seeking new landscapes but of fashioning new eyes. Readers who see the universe through eyes fashioned by string theory will find the view to be breathtaking.
In this brilliantly articulated and refreshingly clear book, Brian Greene, a leading string theorist, relates the scientific story and the human struggle behind the search for the ultimate theory. String theory, as the author vividly describes, reveals a vision of the universe that is sending shock waves through the world of physics. Thrilling and revolutionary ideas such as new dimensions hidden within the fabric of space, black holes transmuting into elementary particles, rips and punctures in the space-time continuum, gigantic universes interchangeable with minuscule ones, and a wealth of others are playing a pivotal role as physicists use string theory to grapple with some of the deepest questions of the ages.