The Elegant Universe

The Elegant Universe

Infobox Book
name = The Elegant Universe:
Superstrings, Hidden
Dimensions, and the Quest
for the Ultimate Theory
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translator =


author = Brian Greene
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country =
language =
series =
subject = String theory
genre = Non-fiction
publisher = Vintage
release_date = February 1999
media_type = Print (Hardcover and Paperback)
pages = 464
isbn = ISBN 0-375-70811-1
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followed_by =

"The Elegant Universe: Superstrings, Hidden Dimensions, and the Quest for the Ultimate Theory" (ISBN 0-375-70811-1) is a book by Brian Greene published in 1999 which introduces string theory and provides a comprehensive though non-technical assessment of the theory and some of its shortcomings. The book is divided into three themes:

* Part I: The Edge of Knowledge
* Part II: The Dilemma of Space, Time, and the Quanta
* Part III: The Cosmic Symphony
* Part IV: String Theory and the Fabric of Spacetime
* Part V: Unification in the Twenty-First Century

Beginning with a brief consideration of classical physics, which concentrates on the major conflicts in physics, Greene establishes an historical context for string theory as a necessary means of integrating the probabilistic world of the standard model of particle physics and the deterministic Newtonian physics of the macroscopic world. Greene discusses the essential problem facing modern physics: unification of Albert Einstein's theory of General Relativity and Quantum Mechanics. Greene suggests that string theory is the solution to these two conflicting approaches. Greene frequently uses analogies and thought experiments to provide a means for the layman to come to terms with the theory which has the potential to create a unified theory of physics.

"The Elegant Universe" was adapted for a three hour program in three parts for television broadcast in late 2003 on the PBS series "NOVA".

* Einstein's Dream
* Strings The Thing
* Welcome To The 11th Dimension

"The Elegant Universe" was also interpreted by choreographer Karole Armitage, of Armitage Gone! Dance, in New York City. A performance of the work-in-progress formed part of the inaugural World Science Festival.

See also

* Quantum mechanics
* The Fabric of the Cosmos
* Warped Passages
* The Road to Reality
* Three Roads to Quantum Gravity
* The Trouble With Physics

External links

*cite web
title=SparkNotes: The Elegant Universe
publisher=Barnes & Noble
year=2004
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url=http://www.sparknotes.com/lit/elegantuniverse/
accessdate=2006-06-04

*cite web
author=WGBH Educational Foundation
title=The Elegant Universe
publisher=PBS NOVA
year=2003
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url=http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/elegant/
accessdate=2006-06-04
A three-hour miniseries with Brian Greene.

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*cite web
author=PBS
title=The Elegant Universe Home Page on PBS
publisher=PBS NOVA
year=2003
work=
url=http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/elegant/
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* [http://www.nyas.org/snc/podcastdetail.asp?id=1787 "Science & the City" podcast] of Armitage's adaptation, produced by the New York Academy of Sciences


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