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Cambridge Core - Particle Physics and Nuclear Physics - String Theory and M- Theory - by Katrin Becker. A Modern Introduction. String . PDF; Export citation . - String Theory and M-Theory: A Modern Introduction. Katrin Becker, Melanie Becker, and John H. Schwarz. Frontmatter. More information. to black holes in string theory and M-theory, and the microscopic origin M- theory: A Modern Introduction provides an ideal preparation for research.
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rent status of the field of quantum in- formation theory, and attempts to bridge the quantum–classical divide. For the most part, they avoid equations. It has been 40 years since Gabriele Veneziano wrote his celebrated scattering amplitude, which marked the beginning of string theory. In the intervening years, . String Theory and M-Theory: A Modern Introduction. Pierre Ramond. University of Florida, Gainesville, US. PDF Full Text.
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I definitely fell into an odd class of people who wanted to educate myself about string theory, yet I am not and will never be an academic physicist. What I needed was a text that introduced string theory and its mathematical underpinnings in a rigorous way, but one that was geared more for well informed, mathematically inclined amateurs, than for graduate students.
This book fit the bill very nicely. It is not a "popular" account of the field for interested non-science majors, but it is doubtlessly a good text for an undergraduate level course in string theory for physics majors.
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If you prefer to avoid calculus, linear algebra, geometry, and math in general, this book is not for you. For that matter, if you don't have a reasonable grasp of quantum field theory and relativity, this book is not for you. The great strength of this work, for me, was the clear and concise explanations of the material.
Although I do own both Barton Zwiebach's, " A First Course in String Theory " and Elias Kiritsis's, " String Theory in a Nutshell " only very rarely did I feel the need to consult either of those to clarify the points made by the authors in this book. The one niggling criticism I have is that I would have preferred there be more exercises and problems throughout the book. At least for my purposes, being engaged in self-study, struggling through exercises is key to cementing the concepts in my mind.
That was where I was very glad to have "String Theory in a Nutshell," as it contains close to exercises, whereas this book has around , divided between 'exercises' for which solutions are provided and the more numerous 'problems' for which they are not. I a bit feel stingy giving this text 4-stars simply because I'd have preferred there be more exercises, but giving it 4.
Suffice it to say that I could have just as easily rounded up to five stars. There are a number of topics omitted by the authors that have come up in subsequent study, but it shouldn't be shocking that a page treatment of a fast moving field like string theory would fail to be entirely comprehensive.
Those unaddressed topics that I presently know of are treated in more advanced texts, and thus far I don't believe that the quality or usefulness of this book suffers for any of the omissions. If I could only recommend one of the three introductory texts on string theory that I've read, I would generally select this one. I found the discussions far more clear in this book than I did in Kiritsis's treatment of the same topics, and both books are more mathematically rigorous than Zwiebach's "A First Course in String Theory.
The instructor of the 1-semester strings grad course I am taking uses this as the textbook. This book is a good company to a course for its conciseness and fast track to superstrings.
However, I don't recommend reading it for self-learning, as it skips a lot of details and subtleties. For self-learning purpose I recommend Polchinski Book 1 and then return to the chapter of this book on superstrings and beyond. This is a nice book to have if you're trying to learn string theory. The presentation is rather straightforward. What's really nice is each chapter has several solved examples. But best of all the writing is clear and its relatively no pun intended easy to follow the book to the end.
In my opinion, this book is accessible to anyone with a basic physics or even math undergraduate education.
Zweibach is a great book for sure, but by design it cuts corners in an attempt to make the subject accessible to undergraduates. I don't think thats really necessary except maybe avoiding path integrals. What I like about this book is it does not cut corners. Topics that are avoided in Zweibach are definitely discussed in here.
Great book! There are unphysical aspects of this sort of approximation lattice artifacts, or unphysical particles from the string. For this reason, I think such approximations are highly questionable.
I go to a lot of talks on this stuff, and I always raise this issue. None of the speakers have addressed it, at least not to my satisfaction. In your review of the String books you wrote: In general, I think they are much less sketchy, actually work through a lot more of the details of how you quantize a string, which is an interesting thing to do.
But I should look at the books again before making more comments. How about other books dealing with string theory in slightly a less spiritual, and more practical, way?
For example, check out the Red String Book: They seemed to have missed quantum theory. The point of science is to understand nature. We can only tell how well we are doing by comparing our theories with what nature actually does.
If I misunderstood your post, sorry. Best, David. I recently came across a few shared folders of ebooks on esnip , from which I found links to some of the books mentioned by Peter, from which those interested can download the books in djvu or pdf formats. They are: Michael Dine provides lecture notes of a course he taught in , which carries almost the same title Beyond the Standard Model: Supersymmetry and String Theory as his book.
Reviews Errata. Not Even Wrong. Skip to content. Home Frequently Asked Questions. Until very recently, someone who wanted to begin studying string theory seriously had really only three possible textbooks available: Superstring Theory , by Green, Schwarz and Witten.
This is a two-volume, massive page treatment of the quantization of the superstring and ideas about Calabi-Yau compactifications dating from right after the First Superstring Revolution in String Theory , by Polchinski. In two volumes and pages this covers most of what is in Green-Schwarz-Witten, while also surveying D-branes, the second Superstring Revolution, and much of what was learned about string theory during the decade after GSW.
This is the textbook for an undergraduate course, so is at a lower level than the other two books. This entry was posted in Book Reviews. Bookmark the permalink.
May 2, at 2: Peter Woit says: King Ray says: Beauty and Simplicity should be the key characteristics of the ultimate theory. Arun says: May 2, at 4: In the s, several theorists generalized Montonen—Olive duality to the S-duality relationship, which connects different string theories. Ashoke Sen studied S-duality in the context of heterotic strings in four dimensions. This duality implies that strings propagating on completely different spacetime geometries may be physically equivalent.
In the late s, it was natural for theorists to attempt to formulate other extensions in which particles are replaced by two-dimensional supermembranes or by higher-dimensional objects called branes. Such objects had been considered as early as by Paul Dirac ,  and they were reconsidered by a small but enthusiastic group of physicists in the s.
In , Eric Bergshoeff, Ergin Sezgin, and Paul Townsend showed that eleven-dimensional supergravity includes two-dimensional branes.
Shortly after this discovery, Michael Duff , Paul Howe, Takeo Inami, and Kellogg Stelle considered a particular compactification of eleven-dimensional supergravity with one of the dimensions curled up into a circle. If the radius of the circle is sufficiently small, then this membrane looks just like a string in ten-dimensional spacetime. In fact, Duff and his collaborators showed that this construction reproduces exactly the strings appearing in type IIA superstring theory.
On the one hand, the Montonen—Olive duality was still unproven, and so Strominger's conjecture was even more tenuous. On the other hand, there were many technical issues related to the quantum properties of five-dimensional branes.
Starting in , a team of researchers including Michael Duff, Ramzi Khuri, Jianxin Lu, and Ruben Minasian considered a special compactification of string theory in which four of the ten dimensions curl up.Unfortunately the strong-coupling approximation is not necessarily a good approximation.
Main article: Kaluza—Klein theory In the early 20th century, physicists and mathematicians including Albert Einstein and Hermann Minkowski pioneered the use of four-dimensional geometry for describing the physical world. Providence In addition, these theories were being developed just as other physicists were beginning to discover quantum mechanics, which would ultimately prove successful in describing known forces such as electromagnetism, as well as new nuclear forces that were being discovered throughout the middle part of the century.
Even those that claim to be are not, as experience shows.
Bookmark the permalink. We argue that string theory, viewed as a quantum theory with two deformation parameters, the string tension , and the string coupling constant , is such a superquantum theory that transgresses the usual quantum violations of Bell's inequalities. The Almagest is definitely better on that score. Peter, In your review of the String books you wrote:
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