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The Little Book of String Theory

Format:  Hardcover,

174 pages

Publisher: Princeton Univ Pr

Publish Date: Feb 2010

ISBN-13: 9780691142890

ISBN-10: 0691142890

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"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.

Specifications

Publisher: Princeton Univ Pr
Publish Date: Feb 2010
ISBN-13: 9780691142890
ISBN-10: 0691142890
Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 174
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 0.9
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 5.75 x 8.75 x 0.75

Chapter outline

Introductionp. 1
Energyp. 11
Quantum Mechanicsp. 19
Gravity and Black Holesp. 34
String Theoryp. 49
Branesp. 69
String Dualitiesp. 99
Supersymmetry and the LHCp. 117
Heavy Ions and the Fifth Dimensionp. 140
Epiloguep. 159
Indexp. 163

Reviews

Review by Library Journal (2010-02-15)

Called the "theory of everything", string theory has divided the physics world. Proponents hope that it will reach its potential to explain and connect all physical phenomena from gravity and motion to light and nuclear reactions, while detractors wait for experimental data to expose its flaws. For non physicists, string theory can be very confusing with its talk of tachyons, bran es, and 26 dimensions. Gubser (physics, Princeton Univ.) does a masterly job of introducing string theory in simple terms and without using math.

His goal is not to convert people to the 'cause but to help them better understand the ideas. Cars on a freeway, the vibration of piano strings, and buoys in the ocean are among the examples from everyday life used to explain difficult concepts.

Verdict: This concise yet clear introduction to a conceptually difficult topic is recommended for lay readers interested in physics and for popular science collections.

-William Baer, Georgia Inst. of Technology Lib., Atlanta

(c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Book description

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.

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