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The elegant universe : superstrings, hidden dimensions, and the quest for the ultimate theory

Author: B Greene
Publisher: New York : W.W. Norton & Co., ©2003.
Edition/Format:   Book : English : 2nd edView all editions and formats
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Relates the scientific story and the human struggle behind the search for the string theory--the ultimate theory which scientists believe is capable of describing all physical phenomena, large and small; and discusses how the theory is impacting human understanding of space and time.
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: B Greene
ISBN: 0393058581 9780393058581 039333810X 9780393338102
OCLC Number: 53113920
Notes: Originally published: 1999. With additional pref.
Description: xv, 448 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
Contents: pt. 1. Edge of knowledge --
ch. 1. Tied up with string --
pt. 2. Dilemma of space, time, and the quanta --
ch. 2. Space, time, and the eye of the beholder --
ch. 3. Of warps and ripples --
ch. 4. Microscopic weirdness --
ch. 5. Need for a new theory : general relativity vs. quantum mechanics --
pt. 3. Cosmic symphony --
ch. 6. Nothing but music : the essentials of superstring theory --
ch. 7. "Super" in superstrings --
ch. 8. More dimensions than meet the eye --
ch. 9. Smoking gun : experimental signatures --
pt. 4. String theory and the fabric of spacetime --
ch. 10. Quantum geometry --
ch. 11. Tearing the fabric of space --
ch. 12. Beyond strings : in search of m-theory --
ch. 13. Black holes : a string/m-theory perspective --
ch. 14. Reflections on cosmology --
pt. 5. Unification in the twenty-first century --
ch. 15. Prospects.
Responsibility: Brian Greene.

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