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

Paperback | August 1, 2000

byJohn Gribbin

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Since Einstein's time, a "theory of everything" -- one coherent mathematical model that would encompass all the forces and particles of nature -- has become the Holy Grail of physics, and its pursuit has resulted in some of the most extraordinary ideas in the history of science.

This invaluable primer at last enables all of us to understand these ideas. John Gribbin provides a brief, succinct, accessible overview of the hundred-year saga of particle physics, explaining everything from the basics (how subatomic particles work) to the cutting-edge research that has produced dazzling new models of the universe, among them the radical theories of "superstrings" -- the hypothesis that particles are loops of vibrating "string" -- and "supersymmetry".

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 This exciting scientific text explores the Grand Unified Theory, which is the granddaddy of theories in physics. It’s the law of physics that would explain all the forces of nature for all the different aspects of the universe. In The Search for Superstrings, Symmetry and the Theory of Everything, acclaimed science writer John R. Grib...

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Since Einstein's time, a "theory of everything" -- one coherent mathematical model that would encompass all the forces and particles of nature -- has become the Holy Grail of physics, and its pursuit has resulted in some of the most extraordinary ideas in the history of science.This invaluable primer at last enables all of us to unders...

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Since Einstein's time, a "theory of everything" -- one coherent mathematical model that would encompass all the forces and particles of nature -- has become the Holy Grail of physics, and its pursuit has resulted in some of the most extraordinary ideas in the history of science.This invaluable primer at last enables all of us to unders...

John Gribbin, visiting fellow in astronomy at the University of Sussex. He is married to Mary Grivvin, also a science writer.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:224 pages, 8.38 × 5.5 × 0.62 inPublished:August 1, 2000Publisher:Little, Brown And CompanyLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0316326143

ISBN - 13:9780316326148

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 This exciting scientific text explores the Grand Unified Theory, which is the granddaddy of theories in physics. It’s the law of physics that would explain all the forces of nature for all the different aspects of the universe. In The Search for Superstrings, Symmetry and the Theory of Everything, acclaimed science writer John R. Gribbin outlines the work being done at the forefront of physics and reveals how close we are to understanding it all. Writing in his comprehensible prose style, Gribbin introduces readers to the mysterious world of high-energy physics. This is no small task because of the complex theories involved. Nonetheless, he translates these ideas into an enjoyable narrative. He illuminates the reader to a world of multidimensions where scientists are trying to merge the forces of the universe in a grand unified theory called supersymmetry. Gribbin provides a strong overview of the advances of this research, and describes its key experiments, noting the contributions of various scientists, and making the theory itself as understandable as possible for readers not acquainted with serious math.

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"Gribbin's aim is to tell 'the story of the particle world, from the discovery of the electron to the search for a supersymmetric theory explaining all the forces and particles of nature in one mathematical package.' He is good at this sort of thing, and he has turned out a clear and concise tale". -- Scientific American