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Felippa Amanta

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Can anyone explain to me what 'string theory' is?

I know this is a stupid question, but I've heard about string theory many times, but have no clue what it really is. Please understand I have very little background in physic. Do you have a good explanation about what it is and why it matters a lot in our universe? Thanks!

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  • May 25 2012: I'm trying to learn more about this subject myself. I am a non-expert, but here is how it looks to me.

    String theory is a creative and theoretical attempt to reconcile how the General Theory of Relativity and Quantum Mechanics can be incorporated into a single unifying theory.

    I have found understanding physics gets acceleratingly wild as you work backward toward the fundamentals in an attempt to understand why our physical world behaves the way it does, or seems to.

    I find youtube especially helpful because it often offers graphics with someone explaining some esoteric part of physics. It makes difficult ideas easier to grasp for me. The Hadron Collider (see youtube) is beginning to produce more information about this subject. You may want to check it out if you haven't already.

    You possess one of the most fundamental gifts of all - curiosity. Welcome to TED.
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      May 26 2012: Thank you for the warm welcome!

      It is really wild, but at the same time very exciting. Even when I know so little about physics, the broad possibilities of our universe is just mind-blowing!

      Oh, and thanks for the recommendation :)

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