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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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    Wayne IRvine, CA, United States 11-08-10
    Wayne IRvine, CA, United States 11-08-10 Member Since 2016
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    "Elegant Explanation of the Universe"

    Start with Grand Design, then Briefer History of Time by Hawking and follow up with Elegant Universe and you have the best summary of Quantum Physics available for non-physicists. (Whitten is the only one who understands Quantum Mechanics anyhow, so they say :).

    7 of 9 people found this review helpful
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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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    Drew Salt Lake City, UT 07-14-17
    Drew Salt Lake City, UT 07-14-17 Member Since 2017

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    "The universe is a brain"

    I really liked this book. However, this is not for the beginner. It's like a dog trying to understand 2+2. To a human, or to the geniuses of science, the answer to that equation is elementary. But for the dog, it just sounds like a mush or auditory vibrations excreted from an oddly roundish shape (mouth). Do not go gently into this good night. This requires much focus, time, and mental exercise to comprehend even a sliver of what he's taking about. However, that is what I was thinking. It's the meat of the meat. The string of the photon. It's THE theory -- of everything. I do not recommend this to casual readers or leisurely science students. I do recommend it to those who are bored of hearing the same thing over and over about gravity and relativity and want to move on to more depth as to what exactly the universe is made up of and how it works. This is basically the theory of the God of the universe. "The big brain" as I call it ;)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Dror Speiser 05-12-17 Member Since 2017
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    "good pop physics, but low level"

    nice book telling the string theory story.
    the analogies are good.
    the technical level is low.
    I have listened to some great courses on physics and a few books, and this one had the lowest level, so keep that in mind.

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    Mr Fibonacci 05-12-17
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    "Quantum Physics for *Dummies*"

    Brian Greene's use of analogy leaves me feeling like, for the first time, I have a loose understanding of quantum physics.

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    Michael E. Short 05-10-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Awesome!"

    This is a fascinating ride through the quest for the theory of everything. Brian Greene makes the difficult subject absorbable.

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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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    Petey Gunz 02-23-17
    Petey Gunz 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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