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The Elegant Universe: Superstrings, Hidden Dimensions, and the Quest For… Summary
Brian Greene

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The Elegant Universe: Superstrings, Hidden Dimensions, and the Quest For… Summary

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This book is a search for perhaps the oldest question of humanity: Why are we here? In a very literal sense, the book examines the "whys" for the physical properties that surround people in everyday life. These things are mostly taken for granted because they are so commonplace—gravity, for example. Isaac Newton formulated the "how" for gravity, but not the "why," leaving room for Einstein's formulation of special relativity centuries later, and from there the quest for the ultimate theory to explain all: the T.O.E., or "theory of everything." This led physicists to string theory.

The first few chapters provide background information necessary for readers who do not have an intimate understanding of physics. They explain the different forces and elementary particles: protons, electrons, neutrons, quarks, for examples. Then the book moves on to Einstein's theory of special relativity and the discovery of quantum...

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