Another excellent masterpiece just after Prof. Hawking's 'A Brief History Of Time'.I first read 'The Elegant Universe's then 'A Brief History..'.Eventually 'The Elegant Universe' changed my views on Physics from a subject containing too much formulae and labourious calculations to an interesting subject as well as enjoyable..Without any mathematical expression,Prof. Greene brings physics to the ordinary people,for the ordinary people with brilliant analogies plucked from daily life.He explained the vast complexity of the propositions of physics with utmost transparency in this book and in layman's terms.Essential reading for all those guys who want to understand the 'Elegant Universe' in which we resides.
One of the best books on popular science out there. Take it from someone who has a humanities background and who ran scared of science for years. Greene has a way of explaining very complex ideas and notions through the simplest of examples. It doesn't require any foreknowledge of scientific principles of any kind. If you believe that science properly explained can elicit as much awe and wonder as the greatest works of art go for this book. It is among the best of its kind.
After reading and watching what I thought to be a lot about General and Special Relativity, the Double-Split Experiment, Quantum Mechanics and Modern physics as a whole, I didn't really think that I could be presented with anything which could overwhelm me anymore... but, of course, The Elegant Universe, it is one of the best science books I have ever read and it truly does a great job in engaging me and taking me into a whole new dimension, almost literally! Just one thing: WHY DID BRIAN GREENE NOT USE METRIC UNITS?!?
Well, the book itself doesn't require any reviews. If you are enthusiastic about going beyond what 'A brief history of time' serves, this book is the best stop for you. I saw this book when I was doing graduation but never gather the guts to read. Now as I have become a teacher, I see my students talk about black holes, theory of relativity and string and superstring theory and all. That's the time I knew I needed an upgrade. I recalled this book after watching Mr. Greene's lectures on these things...I will read these things in detail. Now, to have a feel, I needed the hardcover book which would have costed me 1800. I went for a second hand book...and was apprehensive about the quality untill I had the book in my hand. I say, the book is amazing, pages crisp and the cover as clean as a mildly used book should be. The only relic of the use is the edge being at a higher shade than the books. And the cost was one third of what a newer one would have cost me.
Friends, those of you who don’t have a great grasp of science, be warned. This book will be extremely boring for the layman who doesn’t have a grasp of science, with its revolutionary (and peculiar) scientific concepts (26-dimensional space, branes, M-theory and so on)
This book is basically based on a theory aiming to become the Theory of Everything, superstring theory, and it does well to basically give an idea of what the theory is. But.....to say the least, it isn’t interesting! Theories of Everything are meant to make things simple- but this theory is anything but. By describing atoms as small strings, it just seems like an excuse that they can’t be found easily, even with the strongest microscopes..
Brian Greene does brilliantly well to make the concepts of the theory very simple with his lucid and wonderful writing. Making concepts like 26-dimensional space is never an easy task. Therefore, those with a basic grasp of science can find it somewhat enjoyable.
I highly recommend this book to those who want to know about this theory(you won’t find many better ones around!), and to find it enjoyable, a good understanding of science is recommended.
From theory of relativity and quantum mechanics to the superstring theory. This book uses really good and comprehensible analogies to make its readers understand science even if you are a nutcrack. It really encourages the people to continue the ultimate quest for a theory of everything.(If you have the GUTs!! get it).
Brilliant exposition,absorbing even to a cursory reader,lucid language,the book organized nicely unfolding the sequence of thoughts chronologically,making it perfectly enjoyable even to an ordinary reader without any knowledge of physics,cosmology or statistical probability.
Certainly an amazing book... It explains all of string theory without any equations for layman. The best book to understand string theory (probably the final frontier in physics, which is consider as theory of everything). Dr. Greene is best at comprehending these ideas and will extend your horizon of reality.