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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.

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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

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    Derek Jones 03-02-16
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    "well communicated, complex"

    surprisingly good in audio instead of text. definitely had to pause, replay, and take breaks. glad that I'll be able to read it again in a couple months. definitely getting the full set by Greene

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    Mark Hayden 02-27-16
    Mark Hayden 02-27-16 Member Since 2015
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    "I'll listen to it again."

    Great read without being over indoctrinated with evolutionary theories. Open ended to prescriptional views but easily comprehensive in building a basic understanding of theoretical physics. Enjoyed it thoroughly

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    Goran 11-28-15
    Goran 11-28-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Informative and entertaining"
    Where does The Elegant Universe rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I've always enjoyed the way Brian Greene explains complex topics, and this book isn't the exception. Because of the way that he describes the experiments, it's very easy to picture them in your mind, making the concepts very understandable and simple. I have the audible and digital version, both of them very enjoyable. One of my favorite books of all times.


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    S. C. Miller 08-22-15
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    "A great presentation of the quantum, string, and m theory"

    A historical walk down the quantum research but presented in a why most techie can understand

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    Ann MANITO, IL, United States 07-23-15
    Ann MANITO, IL, United States 07-23-15 Member Since 2012

    Bibliophile, nature nut, Kuk Sool Won student, physical therapist, and spaz. I love stories, learning new things, laughing and stretching my heart, mind and body.

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    "Way over my head."

    I think I grasped about 10%. He did a good job of trying to describe the indescribable. I have a basic (very. Basic) grasp of what string theory is, and how it interacts with relativity and quantum physics. But that's about it. Not his fault, I don't think.

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