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In Search of Superstrings: Symmetry, Membranes and the Theory of Everything John Gribbin

In Search of Superstrings: Symmetry, Membranes and the Theory of Everything

John Gribbin

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ISBN : 9781840468328
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224 pages
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In days of yore, educated men and women would avidly follow new developments in the world of science- these days it seems to be too much trouble--relativity was bad enough, but N-dimensional space? Fortunately for those of us who have troubleMoreIn days of yore, educated men and women would avidly follow new developments in the world of science- these days it seems to be too much trouble--relativity was bad enough, but N-dimensional space? Fortunately for those of us who have trouble visualizing parallel parking, much less quarks and gluons, John Gribbin is back with an up-to-date primer on subatomic physics. The Search for Superstrings, Symmetry, and the Theory of Everything refers as much to the readers search for understanding as to the physicists search for clever theories and experimental evidence to back them up, and Gribbins prose is up to both tasks. While meeting luminaries from Einstein to Steven Weinberg, we are treated to clear explanations of what in the world theyre talking about, whether its the collapse of the wave function or high-energy particle acceleration. This material is especially fascinating to those of us without much mathematical inclination, as Gribbin manages to show the state-of-the-art in modern physics without forcing us to go back to school for a few years. (There is an appendix, Group Theory for Beginners, for interested parties.) Writers like Gribbin are helping us reclaim the time when a little learning was all it took to understand science--and The Search for Superstrings, Symmetry, and the Theory of Everything might just convince you that its not so hard, after all. --Rob Lightner