The Little Book of String Theory

The Little Book of String Theory

"The Little Book of String Theory" offers a short, accessible, and entertaining introduction to one of the most talked-about areas of physics today. String theory has been called the "theory of everything." It seeks to describe all the fundamental forces of nature. It encompasses gravity and quantum mechanics in one unifying theory. But it is unproven and fraught with controversy. After reading this book, you'll be able to draw your own conclusions about string theory.

Steve Gubser begins by explaining Einstein's famous equation "E = mc2," quantum mechanics, and black holes. He then gives readers a crash course in string theory and the core ideas behind it. In plain English and with a minimum of mathematics, Gubser covers strings, branes, string dualities, extra dimensions, curved spacetime, quantum fluctuations, symmetry, and supersymmetry. He describes efforts to link string theory to experimental physics and uses analogies that nonscientists can understand. How does Chopin's Fantasie-Impromptu relate to quantum mechanics? What would it be like to fall into a black hole? Why is dancing a waltz similar to contemplating a string duality? Find out in the pages of this book.

"The Little Book of String Theory" is the essential, most up-to-date beginner's guide to this elegant, multidimensional field of physics.

Title:The Little Book of String Theory
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9780691142890
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    The Little Book of String Theory Reviews

  • Ben

    Could not finishIn a 150 page book for laymen,you should not be able to get your audience to the point the they can understand sentences like "...D5-branes are exchanged with solitonic 5-branes, and D...

  • M.J.

    This book is a mystery. "The Little Book of String Theory" occupies a strange space: not accessible enough to be a true introduction, yet not technical enough to be more than a primer for those with m...

  • Mikayla

    I enjoy the Gubser's narration, and the content of the book engrosses me. However, I've reached a point in this novel where I can't fully understand everything and will most likely revisit this at a l...

  • Fuzzball Baggins

    It was interesting, but it would've been better without so many unnecessary analogies. Especially the ones where the author went on a wild tangent in order to find some excuse to show off about his ro...

  • Marius

    Somehow, a book about string theory made me really doubt the whole field... The explanations are poorly written, and often leave the reader more confused than enlightened. The numerous analogies for t...

  • Sebastian

    Well, I guess the Gubser method of instruction does not work too well on me.Having finished a beautiful, elegant popular-level explanation of the main competing quantum gravity theory to strings - LQG...

  • John

    Not easy to understand if you do not have a science background. However if you do you won’t be disappointed with this purchase as the author does an amazing job of describing string theory in layman...

  • Brendan  McAuliffe

    Another popular science attempt that they had no idea what to do with....

  • John Micallef

    Good information, poorly written. The interesting parts of the book were heavily bogged down by myriads of unnecessary analogies....

  • Henry Sloan

    Bottom line: Coming in with cursory knowledge of particle physics, expect for your answer to the question "Do you know about {insert string theory concept here}?" to go from "no" to "yes, I'm familiar...