The Elegant Universe

Superstrings, Hidden Dimensions, and the Quest for the Ultimate Theory

In a rare blend of scientific insight and writing as elegant as the theories it explains, Greene, peels away the layers of mystery surrounding superstring theory to reveal a universe that consists of eleven 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.  Greene uses examples ranging from an amusement park ride to ants on a garden hose to illustrate the beautiful yet bizarre realities that modern physics is unveiling. Unprecedented in its ability to both illuminate and entertain, The Elegant Universe is a delightful, lucid voyage through modern physics that brings us closer than ever to understanding how the universe works.

Praise for The Elegant Universe

“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

“[Greene] writes with clarity and energy and with a gift for inventing vivid, often funny, illustrations of abstract physical principles. [He] writes with the passion of someone who longs to demonstrate the truth of superstring theory because he is inspired by its beauty.”
Chicago Tribune

“A thoughtful and important book…The Elegant Universe presents…string theory with clarity and charm. It is both a personal story and the tale of a great intellectual movement.”
–Scientific American

“String theory is the hottest idea to emerge in physics since Stephen Hawking gazed into a black hole…[Greene] explain[s] it in terms that anyone can understand.”
San Francisco Chronicle

“Greene has done a brilliant job of explaining the ideas of string theory in everyday terms. [It] is a remarkably lucid and readable account of the extraordinary insights the theory offers into the structure of space-time”
New Scientist

“[A] remarkable book. Greene has brought an absorbing field of inquiry to vivid life.”

“Brian Greene’s superb book is the latest in a string (sorry!) originally plucked by Stephen Hawking and is by far the best.”
London Morning Star

“Greene covers an astonishing amount of material in simple and clearly written, non-technical and non-mathematical language…a model scientific exposition…It is hard not to catch some of Greene’s contagious enthusiasm and excitement.”
The Philadelphia Inquirer

Utterly absorbing…A brilliant achievement…What Greene has done is to have written an accessible, equation less account of strings, explaining why they are generating so much excitement among their devotees…Greene’s achievement is to make us feel at home in the chillingly abstract world of strings and to convince us that we must take it seriously.”
Sunday Telegraph (London)

“Greene writes with intelligence, wit, and dramatic flair.”
–Alan Lightman (author of Einstein’s Dreams),  Harvard Magazine

[Greene’s] metaphors often provide beauty and pwer to otherwise impenetrable concepts.  The Elegant Universe is a rewarding read…Einstein would approve.”
Discover Magazine

“Brian Greene…makes the terribly complex theory of strings accessible to all. He possesses a remarkable gift for using the everyday to illustrate what may be going on in dimensions beyond our feeble human perception.”
Publishers Weekly

“Not since the extraordinary success of A Brief History of Time has a scientific book caused such a stir.”
–Sunday Times (London)

“[Brian Greene] is luring lay people into learning cutting-edge physics with his engaging prose.”
The Christian Science Monitor

“[A] well-written account [without equations] from the forefront of cosmology and physics.”
American Scientist

“Greene has a rare gift for explaining the most challenging scientific ideas, and everyone can appreciate his refreshingly insightful explanations.”
Astrology Magazine

The Elegant Universe [is] a remarkable book that has been hailed at a classic of scientific explications…Eventually [string] theory may affect our understanding of beauty itself.”
The New York Times

“Greene strives to impart an understanding of string theory to general readers and reveal its beneficial implication. These are feats he cleverly achieves as he traverses the history and complexity of modern physics.”
Science News