The Little Book of String Theoryoffers a short, accessible, and entertaining introduction to one of the most talked-about areas of physics today. String theory. . The Little Book of String Theory: String theory is a term used to describe a group of theories relating to the shape of matter. Essentially, string. The first is The Little Book of String Theory, by Princeton's Steve Gubser. The author has a web-site for the book here, and the introduction is.
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"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 . 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. Editorial Reviews. Review. What sets this book apart is that it has been written by one of the.
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 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. He then gives readers a crash course in string theory and the core ideas behind it.
The author writes on his homepage that his book is supposed to be a non-technical account for the layperson, but in the introduction we find statements like. The level of knowledge expected of the reader is very uneven throughout the book, with an explanation of scientific notation one place, explanations that require a sophisticated knowledge of physics to understand in others.
I certainly did some of this in my book, and see nothing wrong with different parts of a book being accessible to different audiences, with some parts of the audience only able to follow parts of the book. In general, I think the best philosophy is to make explanations as simple as possible, but no simpler. The problem with using such analogies in popular writing is that the people who are specialists in a highly technical field but are trying to explain it to the general public have hard time gauging the usefulness of their analogies and the clarity of their expose because it is difficult for them to correctly approximate the thinking of a person within the intended audience.
Then there is a normal problem with vanity, or the author gets carried away in a chapter that deals with his favorite subject, etc. A specialist writing a popular science book — especially when he is new to this business — should at least distribute the manuscript copies to his friends and colleagues from other departments including humanities and ask them to participate in anonymous poll that would, for example, correlate the level of readers technical training level and professional background with their assessment of what they got out of the book, so that one could maybe re-adjust the detail level in particular chapters or rethink the used analogies.
Of course working with a competent editor also helps. A serious effort to write accessible material on these topics should be collaborative, so no one person has to take on too much of the job. Ideally, that would be happening in a medium like Wikipedia. Unfortunately, there is reality to contend with. That said, perhaps the best reason to keep writing such books is that it sends the message that people in the field care enough to try, and thereby inspires young people one hopes to keep going into the field, or at least care to support it as taxpayers.
Reviews Errata. Not Even Wrong. Skip to content. Home Frequently Asked Questions. What he is really describing is supersymmetry, and while he begins with the arguable: While he explains the moduli-stabilization problem, the landscape and the multiverse are not discussed, and anthropic argumentation is dismissed with: Altogether, I find myself unconvinced that this line of argument is useful in string theory.
This entry was posted in Book Reviews. Bookmark the permalink. February 22, at 5: Trent says: February 22, at 7: Peter Woit says: February 22, at 8: Tim van Beek says: February 22, at 9: February 22, at Tim, The level of knowledge expected of the reader is very uneven throughout the book, with an explanation of scientific notation one place, explanations that require a sophisticated knowledge of physics to understand in others.
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. Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App.
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To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number. Gubser gives us a quick tour of the basic laws of physics as we understand them today, and then demonstrates how string theory seeks to go beyond them. He serves as an artful and attentive guide, as the reader explores the mysteries of quantum mechanics, black holes, strings, branes, supersymmetry, and extra dimensions in the pages of this book.
This is one of the most thoughtful books on this much-discussed topic, and readers will find much to ponder.
Gubser knows his subject. Schwarz, coauthor of Special Relativity: From Einstein to Strings. Would you like to tell us about a lower price? Read more Read less.
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The Black Hole War: Leonard Susskind. The Cosmic Landscape: String Theory and the Illusion of Intelligent Design. Editorial Reviews Review What sets this book apart is that it has been written by one of the foremost experts on the subject. Many of the analogies from everyday life used to explain concepts from string theory are both original and very communicative. This is a thought-provoking book.
With explanations offered in simple words, imagination can fly faster and perhaps lead to new and unexplored areas in the quest for the fundamental theory. See all Editorial Reviews.
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Please try again later. Hardcover Verified download. Elliptical in its descriptions, this book doesn't have a throughline argument more than 'string theory is complicated,' which of course we knew: I knew from the outset this was going to be a fraught read since A the books spends more time telling us what it will talk about rather than creating a logical sequence of discussion and B the chapter on energy doesn't define what energy is in any reasonable manner.
I get it.
It's a hard subject. But if you intend on writing a book for the general public, you need to actually do that. The ironic thing is that the author goes out of their way to not talk about math, but the sections of the book where the author actually discusses some of the math involved are easily the best written and enjoyable parts. Truly the most confusing book I've ever I truly feel this man could have wrote everything he knows about string theory on two pieces of paper.
The rest of the time he's referring to stuff he went over in the previous chapter.
Or what he'll go over in the next chapter. All while trying to simplify things in a way. That he then has to explain why he simplified it like that. Truly the most confusing book I've ever read and it's not even because of the subject. Very basic book on the subject. The author does a good job in delivering an understanding of string theory in the most elementary manner possible. I most likely will not download any more books on the subject as it is too "out there" for me!
One person found this helpful. This book was highly recommended to me in understanding string theory I was told by someone with no science background that she understood after reading this. Stay tuned! Well, not exactly! Professor Gubser does a spectacular job of introducing the concepts of strings, and "branes" multidimensional surfaces , as well as explaining the concept of the black hole, which is one of the few constructs in all of this that I do understand. The friend who told me that I would "understand" string theory after reading this book was wrong I have a better understanding of the concept.
What I, and I suspect many others who are fascinated but somewhat learning disabled in these areas need is a book with some basic explanations, e.