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By Michio Kaku

What's superstring concept and why is it very important? Can superstrings provide the fulfilment of Einstein's lifelong dream of a conception of every little thing? Co-authored through Michio Kaku, one of many best pioneers of superstrings, this can be a exciting account of the discoveries that experience led scientists to the brightest new prospect in theoretical physics this present day. With the entire pleasure of a detective tale, this booklet comprises the latest ground-breaking examine in physics, and gives a desirable examine the medical study which could make the very unlikely attainable.

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Physicists were hoping that locked deep within the nucleus of the atom was the crucial data necessary to verify some aspects of these theories. The SSC, which would have dominated experimental high-energy physics into the next century, would still not have been large enough to test fully the consequences of the GUT theory, which unites the strong force with the electro-weak force, or the more ambitious superstring theory, which unites all known forces. Testing the predictions of both these theories would require machines vastly larger than the SSC.

Imagine the people of Flatland living, say, on the surface of a table. This tale is narrated by the pompous Mr. A. Square, who tells us of a world populated by people who are geometric objects. In this stratified world, the women are Straight Lines, workers and soldiers are Triangles, professional men and gentlemen (like himself) are Squares, and the nobility are Pentagons, Hexagons, and Polygons. Â < previous page < previous page page_165 page_166 next page > next page > Page 166 The more sides on a person, the higher his social rank.

In fact, if we look at a galaxy, say, a billion light-years in one direction and another billion light-years in another direction, the universe seems pretty much the same. This is curious, because nothing can go faster than the speed of light. How could information about the density of these two galaxies have traveled so far in such a short time? The speed of light, no matter how fast it may appear to us, is too slow to account for the uniform density of the universe across such vast distances.

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