The Search for Superstrings, Symmetry, and the Theory of Everything

The Search for Superstrings, Symmetry, and the Theory of Everything

By John Gribbin

  • Release Date: 2009-11-29
  • Genre: Physics
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Description

No one is more successful than this author when it comes to making the cutting edge of physics more accessible to a broad lay audience. In Schrodinger's Kittens, he took readers to the eerie world of subatomic particles & waves. Now, he explores the most exciting area of research in physics today: string theory. Following a series of major breakthroughs in the 1990s, physicists are putting together a clearer picture of how subatomic particles work. By hypothesizing particles as a single loop of vibrating "string," they are on the brink of discovering a way to explain all of nature's forces in a single theory. Grandly named "superstrings," & incorporating the ideas of "supersymmetry," these models are the prime candidate for the long sought-for "Theory of Everything." Written in clear & accessible language. The Search for Superstrings, Symmetry, & the Theory of Everything brings to life the remarkable scientific research that is on the cusp of radically altering our conception of the universe.

Reviews

  • Great Introduction

    5
    By ArchaeoWebby
    As an older book on String Theory, the author does a great job giving the history of particle physics in a way that a non-physicist can understand. The book leaves off before the LHC kicked in but it's accurate and informative up to that point. I highly recommend this book for anyone interested in understanding what string theory is and how it works. Or at least, how they think it works!

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