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Erik

Business owner and strategy consultant. Father of 2 young kids. Interested in history, SF&F and understanding the world and people around me

The Hague, Netherlands | Member Since 2007

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

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Brian Greene
    • Narrated By Erik Davies
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (523)
    Performance
    (240)
    Story
    (242)

    In a rare blend of scientific insight and writing as elegant as the theories it explains, one of the world's leading string theorists, peels away the layers of mystery surrounding string theory to reveal a universe that consists of 11 dimensions where the fabric of space tears and repairs itself, and all matter-from the smallest quarks to the most gargantuan supernovas-is generated by the vibrations of microscopically tiny loops of energy.

    Ginger says: "Very Very good"
    "Tough for a non-physicist"
    Overall

    I graduated as an engineer in Chemistry and luckily had a bit of quantum chemistry. Therefore, I could more or less follow the part on Quantum Mechanics and Quantum Field Theory. The preceding chapters on relativity were sort of easy going. Once the part on string theory started (at about 25% of the book) things rapidly become more complicated with descriptions of multidimensional geometries and behaviours of these dimensions. Apparently the strings moving and oscillating inside these dimensions are restricted in their motion due to the geometry while its motion(s) determine mass, electric charge and other physical characteristics. As string theory is as yet purely theoretical, it is very very difficult to follow for non-experts like myself and close to impossible to comprehend the practical implications. Still, quite interesting to get an idea of what contemporary theoretical physicists are working on

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful

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