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STRING THEORY AND M-THEORY
A MODERN INTRODUCTION
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 very recent developments at the frontier of string theory research. The book begins with the basics of perturbative string theory, world-sheet supersymmetry, space-time supersymmetry, conformal field theory and the heterotic string, and moves on to describe modern developments, including D-branes, string dualities and M-theory. It then covers string geometry (including Calabi–Yau compactifications) and flux compactifications, and applications to cosmology and particle physics. One chapter is dedicated to black holes in string theory and M-theory, and the microscopic origin of black-hole entropy. The book concludes by presenting matrix theory, AdS/CFT duality and its generalizations. This book is ideal for graduate students studying modern string theory, and it will make an excellent textbook for a 1-year course on string theory. It will also be useful for researchers interested in learning about developments in modern string theory. The book contains about 120 solved exercises, as well as about 200 homework problems, solutions of which are available for lecturers on a password protected website at www.cambridge.org/9780521860697. K A T R I N B E C K E R is a Professor of physics at Texas A & M University. She was awarded the Radcliffe Fellowship from Harvard University in 2006 and received the Alfred Sloan Fellowship in 2003. M E L A N I E B E C K E R is a Professor of physics at Texas A & M University. In 2006 she was awarded an Edward, Frances and Shirley B. Daniels Fellowship from the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Studies at Harvard University. In 2001 she received the Alfred Sloan Fellowship. J O H N H . S C H W A R Z is the Harold Brown Professor of Theoretical Physics at the California Institute of Technology. He is a MacArthur Fellow and a member of the National Academy of Sciences.
This is the first comprehensive textbook on string theory to also offer an up-todate picture of the most important theoretical developments of the last decade, including the AdS/CFT correspondence and flux compactifications, which have played a crucial role in modern efforts to make contact with experiment. An excellent resource for graduate students as well as researchers in highenergy physics and cosmology. Nima Arkani-Hamed, Harvard University An exceptional introduction to string theory that contains a comprehensive treatment of all aspects of the theory, including recent developments. The clear pedagogical style and the many excellent exercises should provide the interested student or researcher a straightforward path to the frontiers of current research. David Gross, Director of the Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics, University of California, Santa Barbara and winner of the Nobel Prize for Physics in 2004 Masterfully written by pioneers of the subject, comprehensive, up-to-date and replete with illuminating problem sets and their solutions, String Theory and M-theory: A Modern Introduction provides an ideal preparation for research on the current forefront of the fundamental laws of nature. It is destined to become the standard textbook in the subject. Andrew Strominger, Harvard University This book is a magnificient resource for students and researchers alike in the rapidly evolving field of string theory. It is unique in that it is targeted for students without any knowledge of string theory and at the same time it includes the very latest developments of the field, all presented in a very fluid and simple form. The lucid description is nicely complemented by very instructive problems. I highly recommend this book to all researchers interested in the beautiful field of string theory. Cumrun Vafa, Harvard University This elegantly written book will be a valuable resource...
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