The Elegant Universe
by Brian Greene
The reason The Elegant Universe is such a good book is that Brian Greene does a very good job of explaining the current understanding physicists have of the universe. In other words it’s a readable book about the universe.
Brian Greene is a distinguished researcher, and he was the first to make an all-out effort to really connect to the public with the main ideas of modern string theory. In 2000, The Elegant Universe won the Royal Society Prize for Science Books and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize Nonfiction.
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“The book works at many levels – I gave a copy to my mom when it came out, and I also received very positive impressions about the book from Norman Ramsey, who is a Nobel Prize physicist at Harvard. So it’s a great achievement, and part of why it’s a great achievement is that it covers not only string theory but also the accepted pillars of 20th-century theoretical physics, namely, quantum mechanics and relativity.” Read more...
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“This book is perhaps the public debut of string theory – an attempt to explain how the best of the big and the small theories might be linked to explain the entire universe.” Read more...
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