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The Elegant Universe Audiobook

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

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Publisher's Summary

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.

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

What the Critics Say

"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)

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    Chi-Hung Riverside, CA, USA 04-25-09
    Chi-Hung Riverside, CA, USA 04-25-09 Member Since 2010
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    "Informative but..."

    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.

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    Greg Lindsay Washington, USA 08-24-16
    Greg Lindsay Washington, USA 08-24-16 Member Since 2010
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    "First half great"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kyle Thomas Corvallis, OR USA 03-13-17
    Kyle Thomas Corvallis, OR USA 03-13-17 Member Since 2016

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    "This is an excellent book."

    The performance leaves something desired. The story and explanation of the necessary physics for the story are grand.

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    Peter H Schmidt 02-23-17
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    "Like listening to Ben Stein narrate."
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Someone who needs to sleep.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Elegant Universe?

    Falling asleep in the first chapter.


    What didn’t you like about Erik Davies’s performance?

    He makes very interesting material...sorry nodded off there. I've had narcolepsy since listening to this narrator.


    What character would you cut from The Elegant Universe?

    The narrator. The material seemed like it would have been very interesting otherwise.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    mpb new york city 02-04-17
    mpb new york city 02-04-17 Member Since 2010
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    "very thorough, super interesting, detailed"

    Loved it but some part would have been easier to read in paper or written format.

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    Donna 01-21-17
    Donna 01-21-17 Member Since 2013
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    "Enjoyed the experience of learning"

    could have used less selling in the beginning and less reviewing at the end - but when sifted out, the interesting theories made it worthwhile.

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    Matt D 12-01-16
    Matt D 12-01-16
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    "Informative book, hard to uderstand"
    Were the concepts of this book easy to follow, or were they too technical?

    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.


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    R. Smith Fairfield, CT 05-29-16
    R. Smith Fairfield, CT 05-29-16 Member Since 2016

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    "Often hard to follow yet still fascinating."

    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.

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    Michael Milford, OH, United States 05-11-16
    Michael Milford, OH, United States 05-11-16 Member Since 2011
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    "very good "

    excsellent very informative great narrator clear voice good explanations. well structured. easy to understand for non scientist

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    Seamus Mc Bride 04-08-16 Member Since 2014
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    "This stuff is hard/ hang in there and you may learn something"

    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

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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