K.C. Cole is the author of eight nonfiction books, including The Universe and the Teacup: The Mathematics of Truth and Beauty and Something Incredibly Wonderful Happens. She is a former science correspondent for The Los Angeles Times and her work has also appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times and Discover. She is a professor at the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism.
String theory has so far failed to live up to its promise as a way to unite gravity and quantum mechanics. At the same time, it has blossomed into one of the most useful sets of tools in science.