Brian Greene uses everything from an amusement park ride to ants on a garden hose to illustrate the beautiful yet bizarre realities that modern physics is unveiling.
Dazzling in its brilliance, unprecedented in its ability to both illuminate and entertain, The Elegant Universe is a tour de force of science writing-a delightful, lucid voyage through modern physics that brings us closer than ever to understanding how the universe works.
©2003 Brian Greene; (P)2008 Random House Audio
"The Elegant Universe is compulsively readable.... Greene threatens to do for string theory what Stephen Hawking did for black holes." (New York)
"[Greene] develops one fresh new insight after another...In the great tradition of physicists writing for the masses, The Elegant Universe sets a standard that will be hard to beat." (George Johnson, The New York Times Book Review)
"[An] important book.... The Elegant Universe presents the ideas and aspirations-and some of the characters-of string theory with clarity and charm." (Scientific American)
This book contain vast amount of interesting and intruiging information that can be useful for people with background in physics and mathematic. That is not me, I only have background in history, as result I seriously struggled to diggest the information in this book. This kind of book is best read than listened to anyhow. Also I feel like having to accept the conclusion of the ten spacial and one time dimension by faith instead of by understanding, might as well believe in seven day creationism.
The discussion of special and general relativity and quantum theory makes this book worth listening to or reading. When it gets into string theory it becomes tedious and bogs down but I am guessing that is the state of string theory research.
The book did not convince me that string theory is more than a concoction to avoid mathematical conundrums of the standard model. I'm frankly amazed that physicists have delved so far into supposition, but perhaps there is nowhere else to go.
The performance leaves something desired. The story and explanation of the necessary physics for the story are grand.
Someone who needs to sleep.
Falling asleep in the first chapter.
He makes very interesting material...sorry nodded off there. I've had narcolepsy since listening to this narrator.
The narrator. The material seemed like it would have been very interesting otherwise.
could have used less selling in the beginning and less reviewing at the end - but when sifted out, the interesting theories made it worthwhile.
I always read books based on astronomy and particle physics. I listen to them while driving and normally I am able to follow perfectly fine as the author builds on concepts throughout the book. When I first started this book, I had no issues. However, by about the three quarter mark, I was starting to lose him. By the end of the book, I was completely lost. Perhaps maybe do some more research on string theory on an easier book before tackling this one. It will help if you stop every so often and think about what the author has said or do some of your own research to fully understand before moving on.
Middle School Parent
Make sure that you are in a quiet place and in an inquisitive mindset. You see how far we have come but end up questioning what do we really know.
excsellent very informative great narrator clear voice good explanations. well structured. easy to understand for non scientist
This stuff is hard/ hang in there and you will some new things, that still confusing me,
Happy to say I love this book and feel free to buy at any time it's a good listen to
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