The Elegant Universe

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

Brian Greene (Author, Columbia University)

Overview | Inside the Book

The international bestseller that inspired a major Nova special and sparked a new understanding of the universe, now with a new preface and epilogue.

Brian Greene, one of the world's leading string theorists, peels away layers of mystery 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. The Elegant Universe makes some of the most sophisticated concepts ever contemplated accessible and thoroughly entertaining, bringing us closer than ever to understanding how the universe works.

Book Details

  • Paperback
  • October 2010
  • ISBN 978-0-393-33810-2
  • 5.5 × 8.3 in / 464 pages
  • Sales Territory: Worldwide including Canada, but excluding the British Commonwealth.


Endorsements & Reviews

“Sets a standard that will be hard to beat.” — George Johnson, The New York Times Book Review

“Compulsively readable. . . . Greene threatens to do for string theory what Stephen Hawking did for black holes.” — New York

“As rewarding as it gets . . . a thrilling ride through a lovely landscape.” — Los Angeles Times

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