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Why String Theory?

Why String Theory?
  • Author : Joseph Conlon
  • Publisher :Unknown
  • Release Date :2016-08-19
  • Total pages :248
  • ISBN : 9781482242492
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Summary : Physics World's 'Book of the Year' for 2016 An Entertaining and Enlightening Guide to the Who, What, and Why of String Theory, now also available in an updated reflowable electronic format compatible with mobile devices and e-readers. During the last 50 years, numerous physicists have tried to unravel the secrets of string theory. Yet why do these scientists work on a theory lacking experimental confirmation? Why String Theory? provides the answer, offering a highly readable and accessible panorama of the who, what, and why of this large aspect of modern theoretical physics. The author, a theoretical physics professor at the University of Oxford and a leading string theorist, explains what string theory is and where it originated. He describes how string theory fits into physics and why so many physicists and mathematicians find it appealing when working on topics from M-theory to monsters and from cosmology to superconductors.

The Little Book of String Theory

The Little Book of String Theory
  • Author : Steven S. Gubser
  • Publisher :Unknown
  • Release Date :2010-02-08
  • Total pages :184
  • ISBN : 9781400834433
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Summary : The essential beginner's guide to string theory The Little Book of String Theory offers a short, accessible, and entertaining introduction to one of the most talked-about areas of physics today. String theory has been called the "theory of everything." It seeks to describe all the fundamental forces of nature. It encompasses gravity and quantum mechanics in one unifying theory. But it is unproven and fraught with controversy. After reading this book, you'll be able to draw your own conclusions about string theory. Steve Gubser begins by explaining Einstein's famous equation E = mc2, quantum mechanics, and black holes. He then gives readers a crash course in string theory and the core ideas behind it. In plain English and with a minimum of mathematics, Gubser covers strings, branes, string dualities, extra dimensions, curved spacetime, quantum fluctuations, symmetry, and supersymmetry. He describes efforts to link string theory to experimental physics and uses analogies that nonscientists can understand. How does Chopin's Fantasie-Impromptu relate to quantum mechanics? What would it be like to fall into a black hole? Why is dancing a waltz similar to contemplating a string duality? Find out in the pages of this book. The Little Book of String Theory is the essential, most up-to-date beginner's guide to this elegant, multidimensional field of physics.

Everything is Now

Everything is Now
  • Author : Bill Spence
  • Publisher :Unknown
  • Release Date :2020-10-27
  • Total pages :70
  • ISBN : 9781000195828
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Summary : This engaging and beautifully written book gives an authoritative but accessible account of some of the most exciting and unexpected recent developments in theoretical physics. – Professor Lionel J Mason, Mathematical Institute, University of Oxford String theory is often paraded as a theory of everything, but there are a large number of untold stories in which string theory gives us insight into other areas of physics. Here, Bill Spence does an excellent job of explaining the deep connections between string theory, particle physics, and the novel way of viewing space and time. – Professor David Tong, Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics, University of Cambridge Foremost amongst 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 headway. It is clear that much more radical ideas are needed, and our front-line 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 these ideas 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; And the very latest work shows that ‘staying positive’ is essential. The book is aimed at a general audience, using analogies, diagrams, and simple examples throughout. It is intended as a brief tour, enabling the reader to become aware of the main ideas and recent work. A full list of further resources is supplied. 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.

Basic Concepts of String Theory

Basic Concepts of String Theory
  • Author : Ralph Blumenhagen,Dieter Lüst,Stefan Theisen
  • Publisher :Unknown
  • Release Date :2012-10-03
  • Total pages :784
  • ISBN : 9783642294976
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Summary : The purpose of this book is to thoroughly prepare the reader for research in string theory at an intermediate level. As such it is not a compendium of results but intended as textbook in the sense that most of the material is organized in a pedagogical and self-contained fashion. Beyond the basics, a number of more advanced topics are introduced, such as conformal field theory, superstrings and string dualities - the text does not cover applications to black hole physics and cosmology, nor strings theory at finite temperatures. End-of-chapter references have been added to guide the reader wishing to pursue further studies or to start research in well-defined topics covered by this book.

String Theory and M-Theory

String Theory and M-Theory
  • Author : Katrin Becker,Melanie Becker,John H. Schwarz
  • Publisher :Unknown
  • Release Date :2006-12-07
  • Total pages :229
  • ISBN : 113946048X
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Summary : String theory is one of the most exciting and challenging areas of modern theoretical physics. This book guides the reader from the basics of string theory to recent developments. It introduces the basics of perturbative string theory, world-sheet supersymmetry, space-time supersymmetry, conformal field theory and the heterotic string, before describing modern developments, including D-branes, string dualities and M-theory. It then covers string geometry and flux compactifications, applications to cosmology and particle physics, black holes in string theory and M-theory, and the microscopic origin of black-hole entropy. It concludes with Matrix theory, the AdS/CFT duality and its generalizations. This book is ideal for graduate students and researchers in modern string theory, and will make an excellent textbook for a one-year course on string theory. It contains over 120 exercises with solutions, and over 200 homework problems with solutions available on a password protected website for lecturers at www.cambridge.org/9780521860697.

A Brief History of String Theory

A Brief History of String Theory
  • Author : Dean Rickles
  • Publisher :Unknown
  • Release Date :2014-02-18
  • Total pages :251
  • ISBN : 9783642451287
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Summary : During its forty year lifespan, string theory has always had the power to divide, being called both a 'theory of everything' and a 'theory of nothing'. Critics have even questioned whether it qualifies as a scientific theory at all. This book adopts an objective stance, standing back from the question of the truth or falsity of string theory and instead focusing on how it came to be and how it came to occupy its present position in physics. An unexpectedly rich history is revealed, with deep connections to our most well-established physical theories. Fully self-contained and written in a lively fashion, the book will appeal to a wide variety of readers from novice to specialist.

The Elegant Universe

The Elegant Universe
  • Author : Brian Greene
  • Publisher :Unknown
  • Release Date :2000
  • Total pages :448
  • ISBN : 9780375708114
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Summary : Introduces the superstring theory that attempts to unite general relativity and quantum mechanics

String Theory and the Real World

String Theory and the Real World
  • Author : Gordon Kane
  • Publisher :Unknown
  • Release Date :2017-03-27
  • Total pages :70
  • ISBN : 9781681744902
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Summary : This book attempts to explain why 'string theory' may provide the comprehensive underlying theory that describes and explains our world. It is an enthusiastic view of how compactified string/M-theories (plus data that may be reachable) seem to have the possibilities of leading to a comprehensive underlying theory of particle physics and cosmology, perhaps soon. We are living in a hugely exciting era for science, one during which it may be possible to achieve a real and true understanding of our physical world.

String Theory and Particle Physics

String Theory and Particle Physics
  • Author : Luis E. Ibáñez,Angel M. Uranga
  • Publisher :Unknown
  • Release Date :2012-02-09
  • Total pages :229
  • ISBN : 9781139643191
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Summary : String theory is one of the most active branches of theoretical physics and has the potential to provide a unified description of all known particles and interactions. This book is a systematic introduction to the subject, focused on the detailed description of how string theory is connected to the real world of particle physics. Aimed at graduate students and researchers working in high energy physics, it provides explicit models of physics beyond the Standard Model. No prior knowledge of string theory is required as all necessary material is provided in the introductory chapters. The book provides particle phenomenologists with the information needed to understand string theory model building and describes in detail several alternative approaches to model building, such as heterotic string compactifications, intersecting D-brane models, D-branes at singularities and F-theory.

String Theory: David Foster Wallace on Tennis

String Theory: David Foster Wallace on Tennis
  • Author : David Foster Wallace
  • Publisher :Unknown
  • Release Date :2016-05-10
  • Total pages :176
  • ISBN : 1598534807
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Summary : An instant classic of American sportswriting--the tennis essays of David Foster Wallace, "the best mind of his generation" (A. O. Scott) and "the best tennis-writer of all time" (New York Times) Both a onetime "near-great junior tennis player" and a lifelong connoisseur of the finer points of the game, David Foster Wallace wrote about tennis with the authority of an insider, the showmanship of a literary pyrotechnician, and disarming admiration of an irrepressible fan. Including his masterful profiles of Roger Federer and Tracy Austin, String Theory gathers Wallace's five famous essays on tennis, pieces that have been hailed by sportswriters and literary critics alike as some of the greatest and most innovative magazine writing in recent memory. Whiting-Award winning journalist John Jeremiah Sullivan provides an introduction.

The Emergence of Spacetime in String Theory

The Emergence of Spacetime in String Theory
  • Author : Tiziana Vistarini
  • Publisher :Unknown
  • Release Date :2019-06-12
  • Total pages :142
  • ISBN : 9781134842339
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Summary : The nature of space and time is one of the most fascinating and fundamental philosophical issues which presently engages at the deepest level with physics. During the last thirty years this notion has been object of an intense critical review in the light of new scientific theories which try to combine the principles of both general relativity and quantum theory—called theories of quantum gravity. This book considers the way string theory shapes its own account of spacetime disappearance from the fundamental level.

Superstring Theory: Volume 1, Introduction

Superstring Theory: Volume 1, Introduction
  • Author : Michael B Green,Michael B. Green,John H. Schwarz,Edward Witten
  • Publisher :Unknown
  • Release Date :1988-07-29
  • Total pages :484
  • ISBN : 0521357527
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Summary : A two-volume systematic exposition of superstring theory and its applications which presents many of the new mathematical tools that theoretical physicists are likely to need in coming years. This volume contains an introduction to superstrings

String Theory For Dummies

String Theory For Dummies
  • Author : Andrew Zimmerman Jones
  • Publisher :Unknown
  • Release Date :2009-11-16
  • Total pages :384
  • ISBN : 9780470467244
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Summary : A clear, plain-English guide to this complex scientific theory String theory is the hottest topic in physics right now, with books on the subject (pro and con) flying out of the stores. String Theory For Dummies offers an accessible introduction to this highly mathematical "theory of everything," which posits ten or more dimensions in an attempt to explain the basic nature of matter and energy. Written for both students and people interested in science, this guide explains concepts, discusses the string theory's hypotheses and predictions, and presents the math in an approachable manner. It features in-depth examples and an easy-to-understand style so that readers can understand this controversial, cutting-edge theory.

Inflation and String Theory

Inflation and String Theory
  • Author : Daniel Baumann,Liam McAllister
  • Publisher :Unknown
  • Release Date :2015-04-23
  • Total pages :393
  • ISBN : 9781107089693
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Summary : This accessible volume provides a modern treatment of the cosmological and string-theoretic background necessary to understand inflation in string theory.

The Birth of String Theory

The Birth of String Theory
  • Author : Andrea Cappelli,Elena Castellani,Filippo Colomo,Paolo Di Vecchia
  • Publisher :Unknown
  • Release Date :2012-04-12
  • Total pages :636
  • ISBN : 9780521197908
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Summary : Explores the early stages of the development of string theory; essential reading for physicists, historians and philosophers of science.

String Theory in a Nutshell

String Theory in a Nutshell
  • Author : Elias Kiritsis
  • Publisher :Unknown
  • Release Date :2019-04-16
  • Total pages :888
  • ISBN : 9780691155791
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Summary : The essential introduction to modern string theory—now fully expanded and revised String Theory in a Nutshell is the definitive introduction to modern string theory. Written by one of the world’s leading authorities on the subject, this concise and accessible book starts with basic definitions and guides readers from classic topics to the most exciting frontiers of research today. It covers perturbative string theory, the unity of string interactions, black holes and their microscopic entropy, the AdS/CFT correspondence and its applications, matrix model tools for string theory, and more. It also includes 600 exercises and serves as a self-contained guide to the literature. This fully updated edition features an entirely new chapter on flux compactifications in string theory, and the chapter on AdS/CFT has been substantially expanded by adding many applications to diverse topics. In addition, the discussion of conformal field theory has been extensively revised to make it more student-friendly. The essential one-volume reference for students and researchers in theoretical high-energy physics Now fully expanded and revised Provides expanded coverage of AdS/CFT and its applications, namely the holographic renormalization group, holographic theories for Yang-Mills and QCD, nonequilibrium thermal physics, finite density physics, and entanglement entropy Ideal for mathematicians and physicists specializing in theoretical cosmology, QCD, and novel approaches to condensed matter systems An online illustration package is available to professors

String Theory and the Scientific Method

String Theory and the Scientific Method
  • Author : Richard Dawid
  • Publisher :Unknown
  • Release Date :2013-05-02
  • Total pages :229
  • ISBN : 9781107067585
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Summary : String theory has played a highly influential role in theoretical physics for nearly three decades and has substantially altered our view of the elementary building principles of the Universe. However, the theory remains empirically unconfirmed, and is expected to remain so for the foreseeable future. So why do string theorists have such a strong belief in their theory? This book explores this question, offering a novel insight into the nature of theory assessment itself. Dawid approaches the topic from a unique position, having extensive experience in both philosophy and high-energy physics. He argues that string theory is just the most conspicuous example of a number of theories in high-energy physics where non-empirical theory assessment has an important part to play. Aimed at physicists and philosophers of science, the book does not use mathematical formalism and explains most technical terms.

Superstring Theory: Volume 2, Loop Amplitudes, Anomalies and Phenomenology

Superstring Theory: Volume 2, Loop Amplitudes, Anomalies and Phenomenology
  • Author : Michael B Green,Michael B. Green,John H. Schwarz,Edward Witten
  • Publisher :Unknown
  • Release Date :1988-07-29
  • Total pages :614
  • ISBN : 0521357535
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Summary : A two-volume systematic exposition of superstring theory and its applications which presents many of the new mathematical tools that theoretical physicists are likely to need in coming years. This volume contains an introduction to superstrings

Principles of String Theory

Principles of String Theory
  • Author : Lars Brink,Marc Henneaux
  • Publisher :Unknown
  • Release Date :2013-11-11
  • Total pages :312
  • ISBN : 9781461309093
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Summary : The almost irresistible beauty of string theory has seduced many theoretical physicists in recent years. Even hardened men have been swept away by what they can already see and by the promise of even more. It would appear fair to say that it is not yet clear what form the theory will finally take and in what precise way it will relate to the physical world. However, it would seem equally fair to state that, most likely, strings are here to stay and will playa profound and central role in our conception of the universe. There is therefore a pressing need to provide both practicing physicists and advanced students with ways to master quickly, but soundly, the basic principles of the theory. The present volume is a step in that direction. It contains a lucid presentation of the basic principles of string theory in forms which may survive future developments. The book is an outgrowth of lectures given by Lars Brink and Marc Henneaux at the Centro de Estudios Cientificos de Santiago. The lectures covered in a self-contained manner different but complementary aspects of the foundations of string theory.

String Theory

String Theory
  • Author : Joseph Gerard Polchinski
  • Publisher :Unknown
  • Release Date :2005-11-30
  • Total pages :229
  • ISBN : 0521672295
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Summary : Available for the first time in paperback, String Theory comprises two volumes which present an up-to-date, comprehensive account of the subject. Volume 1, An Introduction to the Bosonic String, provides a thorough introduction to the bosonic string, based on the Polyakov path integral and conformal field theory. Volume 2, Superstring Theory and Beyond, begins with an introduction to supersymmetric string theories and progresses to a broad presentation of the important advances of recent years. Both volumes contain an annotated reference section, and a detailed glossary of important terms and concepts. Many exercises are included to re-inforce the text's main points as well as stimulate additional ideas. The volumes are an essential text/reference for graduate students and researchers in theoretical physics, particle physics and relativity.

Not Even Wrong

Not Even Wrong
  • Author : Peter Woit
  • Publisher :Unknown
  • Release Date :2011-08-31
  • Total pages :304
  • ISBN : 9781446443019
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Summary : Not Even Wrong is a fascinating exploration of our attempts to come to grips with perhaps the most intellectually demanding puzzle of all: how does the universe work at its most fundamnetal level? The book begins with an historical survey of the experimental and theoretical developments that led to the creation of the phenomenally successful 'Standard Model' of particle physics around 1975. Despite its successes, the Standard Model does not answer all the key questions and physicists continuing search for answers led to the development of superstring theory. However, after twenty years, superstring theory has failed to advance beyond the Standard Model. The absence of experimental evidence is at the core of this controversial situation which means that it is impossible to prove that superstring theory is either right or wrong. To date, only the arguments of the theory's advocates have received much publicity. Not Even Wrong provides readers with another side of the story.