The Elegant Universe


Superstrings, Hidden Dimensions, and the Quest

for the Ultimate Theory


Brian Greene





Part I:  The Edge of Knowledge

   1. Tied Up with String


Part II:  The Dilemma of Space, Time, and the Quanta

   2. Space, Time and the Eye of the Beholder

   3. Of Warps and Ripples

   4. Microscopic Weirdness

   5. The Need for a New Theory: General Relativity vs. Quantum



Part III:  The Cosmic Symphony

   6. Nothing but Music: The Essentials of Superstring Theory

   7. The "Super" in Superstrings

   8. More Dimensions Than Meet the Eye

   9. The Smoking Gun: Experimental Signatures


Part IV:  String Theory and the Fabric of Spacetime

   10. Quantum Geometry

   11. Tearing the Fabric of Space

   12. Beyond Strings: In Search of M-Theory

   13. Black Holes: A String/M-Theory Perspective

   14. Reflections on Cosmology


Part V:  Unification in the Twenty-First Century

   15. Prospects