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School of Physics and Astronomy

The School of Physics and Astronomy is delighted to support the launch of Professor Bill Spence’s new book, “Everything is Now: Revolutionary Ideas from String Theory”.

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Launching today, the book is aimed at introducing a general audience to complexities of string theory in an accessible but comprehensive way, to give readers an insight into the most exciting (and sometimes unexpected) recent developments in theoretical physics.

One of nature’s closest-guarded secrets is how to unite Einstein’s theory of gravity with quantum theory – thereby creating a ‘quantum space-time’. This problem has been unsolved now for more than a century, with the standard methods of physics making little progress.

It is clear that much more radical ideas are needed, and our researchers are showing that string theory provides these. This book describes these extraordinary developments, which are helping us to think in entirely new ways about how physical reality may be structured at its deepest level.

Amongst the ideas that the book explores, are that:

  • Everything can happen at the same time – it is all Now
  • Hidden spaces, large and small, are everywhere amongst us
  • The basic objects are ‘membranes’ that behave like soap bubbles and can explore the shape of spacetime in new ways
  • We are holographic projections from higher dimensions
  • You can take the ‘square root’ of gravity
  • Ideas from the ancient Greeks are resurfacing in a beautiful new form
  • Staying positive is essential

The book is available to order now – click here for more information and to order your copy.

Professor Bill Spence is the founding Director of the Centre for Research in String Theory at Queen Mary University of London. He has worked on string theory for over three decades.