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String Theory in 26 Seconds [Video]

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Someone once asked me to describe string theory in 26 seconds, so, a couple of months ago, I went down to Goleta Beach with my iPhone and recorded this little video. It’s kind of spacey, I admit. Soundtrack and dog were entirely unintentional.

George Musser About the Author: is a contributing editor at Scientific American. He focuses on space science and fundamental physics, ranging from particles to planets to parallel universes. He is the author of The Complete Idiot's Guide to String Theory. Musser has won numerous awards in his career, including the 2011 American Institute of Physics's Science Writing Award. Follow on Twitter @gmusser.

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  1. 1. Roadkilt 8:51 pm 08/2/2012

    I’m not much further ahead after that “explanantion” thanks.

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  2. 2. George Musser in reply to George Musser 10:47 pm 08/3/2012

    @Roadkilt That’s why I didn’t use the word “explain”, but “describe”. 26 seconds go by real fast. This is cocktail-party level, and I wouldn’t pretend otherwise.

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  3. 3. benbradley 11:44 pm 08/26/2012

    “Cocktail-party level?” I thought this described the whole body of knowledge of string theory! :-)

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