The Elegant Universe: Superstrings, Hidden Dimensions, and the Quest for the Ultimate Theory

The Elegant Universe: Superstrings, Hidden Dimensions, and the Quest for the Ultimate Theory by Brian Greene

Summary: An ‘introductory’ look at superstring theory and the quest for a unified theory of physics.

Every once in a while I feel like I need to try to read something completely outside my comfort zone.  Actual science is outside my comfort zone.

I enjoy social science and statistics.  I have enjoyed biographies of scientists like Einstein and Bohrs and Oppenheimer.  But the actual science always seems a bit above my head.

Brian Greene has a number of books about physics.  He is a working physicist and is known for his popular level books about physics.

The Elegant Universe is an attempt at trying to explain string theory.  I really did get something out of it.  But it is so far above my understanding, I feel like I understand about one paragraph out of 20.

I borrowed this from the library so I do not feel like I wasted my money.  And I think that this probably is a good introduction for people with more science background.  But I gave up about 60 percent of the way through.

I picked up The Little Book of String Theory more than two years ago when it was on sale.  So the next time I get in my head to try again, I will try that one.  But this attempt did not give me much hope.

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