Aug 27, Julie rated it really liked it Shelves: read-since-august , read-in , non-fiction-or-memoir-read. I like how Gribbin ties history and theory together to give the reader an anchor in time and personality. Very helpful for these abstract concepts. This is a short, dense book that covers a lot of ground in a very readable way. This is a more serious science book for layman, e.
The latter comment does not imply it is hard to follow though. The only problem is that you need to grapple with terms like borons, fermions, leptons, hadrons, etc. Having said that, the complicated mathematics is dealt with at a very high-level that does not slow down the story development.
Jan 22, Priscilla rated it really liked it. Great introduction to individual particles and subparticles, the evolution of how they are defined, and how they are thought to be constructed. Got a little too fast, for me, when the book got to field theory - would have liked the chapters on larger theories to be as complete in description as were the sections on the "objects" of the quantum world.
One of the best science books I've read by someone who wasn't actively involved in his discipline Gribben has a PhD in physics, but writes instead of working as a particle physicist. I'll definitely read more from him. Couldn't put it down. Kept me up night after night. Aug 17, Cathy rated it really liked it Shelves: owned. This is the 2nd physics book I ever read, and I just finished up my re-read of it.
I know its old material now, but I wanted to ease my way back into physics. Gribbin does a good job of brushing through a brief history of particle physics, from its beginning with wave-particle duality up through the surge of string theory in the 90s. Im not sure how it reads to a non-science person He touches on the major points and what they ultimately en This is the 2nd physics book I ever read, and I just finished up my re-read of it. He touches on the major points and what they ultimately ended up meaning for physics without getting bogged down with details.
Unavailable for purchase. He is the founding editor of wideorbits. Dan Caddy. Kaku skillfully guides us through the latest innovations in string theory and its latest iteration, M-theory, which posits that our universe may be just one in an endless multiverse, a singular bubble floating in a sea of infinite bubble universes. A physicist and author of popular-science books offers down-to-earth discussions of string theory, black holes, superfluidity, and other cosmic oddities.
Dec 16, Catherine rated it really liked it. This is a great book for anyone who wants to get a cursory but good overview of quantum mechanics, its relationship to classic Newtonian physics, and its implications for how we understand the universe.
Gribbin writes in an informal but erudite style, and he inserts the difficult equations only when necessary and to prove a point. I usually find that books written for non-physicists like me tend to be patronizing and long-winded, so this book was refreshing. Also, it's short enough and has enoug This is a great book for anyone who wants to get a cursory but good overview of quantum mechanics, its relationship to classic Newtonian physics, and its implications for how we understand the universe.
Also, it's short enough and has enough short chapters for those of you who read on your commute! Jun 04, sheena d.
Gribbin does an awesome job making physics heartbreaking, relevant and accessible for all of us who just can't get it. And he's not even that mathy or impossible about the whole ordeal!
After reading this, could I explain super-symmetry to a nine year old? But maybe you would be able to.
And for what's worth, the historical snippets of the lives of various physicists who who were hungry for some unified theory are fascinating. Aug 31, White rated it it was amazing. I got this book when the news of superstrings made its way into the commons.
This one is bordering on a mathematical appeal but it is still easy enough to understand. The famous split experiment of particles and waves is referred to in here and the connection to superstrings being at the foundation of everything that exists takes center stage in this book.
I loved this book. It goes a bit further than some in half the pages. Jan 18, Doug Barg rated it really liked it Shelves: science. This is the second book by Gribbin I've read. While avoiding overstatement or manufactured emotion, he has a talent for eliciting the drama from the trajectory of scientific exploration. At the same time he simplifies extremely advanced concepts into accessible explanations without becoming either patronizing or didactic. Gribbin born 19 March is a British science writer, an astrophysicist, and a visiting fellow in astronomy at the University of Sussex.
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. Editorial Reviews. cydyqywyty.cf Review. In days of yore, educated men and women would The Search for Superstrings, Symmetry, and the Theory of Everything - Kindle edition by John Gribbin. Download it once and read it on your Kindle.
The topical range of his prolific writings include quantum physics, human evolution, climate change, global warming, the origins of the universe, and biographies of famous scientists. He also writes science fiction. Gribbin born 19 March is a British science writer, an astrophysicist, and a visiting fellow in astronomy at the University of Sussex. The topical range of his prolific writings include quantum physics, human evolution, climate change, global warming, the origins of the universe, and biographies of famous scientists. He also writes science fiction.