The Search for Superstrings, Symmetry, and the Theory of Everything
by John Gribbin
No one is more successful than this author when it comes to making the cutting edge of physics more accessible to a broad lay audience. In Schrodinger’s Kittens, he took readers to the eerie world of subatomic particles & waves. Now, he explores the most exciting area of research in physics today: string theory. Following a series of major breakthroughs in the 1990s, physicists are putting together a clearer picture of how subatomic particles work. By hypothesizing particles as a single loop of vibrating “string,” they are on the brink of discovering a way to explain all of nature’s forces in a single theory. Grandly named “superstrings,” & incorporating the ideas of “supersymmetry,” these models are the prime candidate for the long sought-for “Theory of Everything.” Written in clear & accessible language. The Search for Superstrings, Symmetry, & the Theory of Everything brings to life the remarkable scientific research that is on the cusp of radically altering our conception of the universe.