In a rare blend of scientific insight and writing as elegant as the theories it explains, one of the world s leading string theorists peels away the layers of mystery surrounding string theory to reveal a universe that consists ofdimensions where the fabric of space tears and repairs itself, and all matter from the smallest quarks to the most gargantuan supernovas is generated by the vibrations of microscopically tiny loops of energy Brian Greene uses everything from an amusement park ride to ants on a garden hose to illustrate the beautiful yet bizarre realities that modern physics is unveilingDazzling in its brilliance, unprecedented in its ability to both illuminate and entertain, The Elegant Universe is a tour de force of science writing a delightful, lucid voyage through modern physics that brings us closer than ever to understanding how the universe works