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[2003-06-06]

The Elegant Universe

* Hardcover: 448 pages ; Dimensions (in inches): 1.54 x 9.58 x 6.47
* Publisher: W.W. Norton & Company; (February 1999)
* ISBN: 0393046885

* Paperback: 448 pages ; Dimensions (in inches): 1.01 x 8.01 x 5.23
* Publisher: Vintage Books; (February 29, 2000)
* ISBN: 0375708111

Hardcover是一本我很喜歡的書,把很深的超弦理論,很通俗地介紹給大家。這是唯一一本我看完paperback之後會買多本hardback收藏的書,當然,除了內容很好外,封面靚也是一個原因。你要知道,一本hardbackpaperback多塊皮,但價錢卻是個double

超弦理論(superstring theory)是現時最能解釋宇宙間萬物的理論,把相對論和量子物理中的不相容問題解決,若果證實了超弦理論是對的,那麼它的影響會比相對論更深遠。

超弦理論的大意是,宇宙萬物都是由一些很細小的弦所組成,透過弦的震動的不同頻率而產生我們所見到的不同物質,這跟我們拉小提琴時拉出不同的音的原理相似。

有了超弦理論,就產生了十一維空間,廿六維空間這些概念,什麼統一力場,什麼M-theory都可以在這本書內得到一個初步的認識。很少人曾經寫過有關超弦和M-theory的書,這是少數的一本,而且也是一本寫得很好的書,是2000年普立茲獎的三甲之一。

記得第一次接觸超弦理論,是在中一的時候,那時看牛頓雜誌看到精美的插圖介紹超弦論理論,雖然只得幾版和內容少得很,但已一直被那理論深深吸引了。若果你是跟我一樣的話,一定不可以錯過這本書。不過這本書的內容也是比較多物理概念的,所以看之前,有一些相對論的知識會較易明白。

可以找到更多這本書的資料。

paperbackThis is one of my most favorite books. It introduced the complicated superstring in simple words, it's very worthreading. And this is the only book that I have bought a hardcover after I finish reading the paperback. You know, the prize difference is a double...

Superstring theory is one of the most amazing theory I have ever seen, it resolves the conflict between relativity and quantum physics and it's a prosperous theory of everything (TOE).

By superstring theory, every matter is composed of a tiny string, through its vibration in different modes and frequencies, generating different forms of matters we seen. The principle is similar to the one with the string in violin producing different harmonics.

Superstring theory also established the concept of 11-dimension and 26-dimension, unified force field as well as M-theory. You can have a taste of these in the book. There can't many books written for superstring theory, and this is one of those, but it's extraordinary writings brought it as the 2000 Pulitzer Prize finalist.

I remembered when I first get in touch with superstrings, was in my Form 1 study, through Newton magazine. I was attracted by the illustration and explanations, though the content is not much. If you are same as me, like this kind of theory very much, do read this book. However, one last point, as this book comes with a lot of physical concepts, it would be better if you know basics relativity.

You can find more book info or buy this book here.


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