The Elegant Universe
Important Quotations Explained
theory has the potential to show that all of the wondrous happenings
of the universe . . . are reflections of one grand physical principle,
one master equation.
who are moving with respect to each other will not agree on their
observations of either space or time.
physicists find it hard to believe that, at rock bottom, our deepest
theoretical understanding of the universe will be composed of a
mathematically inconsistent patchwork of two powerful yet conflicting
theory alters this picture radically by declaring that the “stuff”
of all matter and all forces is the same.
the opposite extreme, we have also seen that our universe may merely
be one of the innumerable frothing bubbles on the surface of a vast
and turbulent cosmic ocean called the multiverse.
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