By Katrin Becker,Melanie Becker,John H. Schwarz

String conception is among the most fun and not easy components of recent theoretical physics. This ebook courses the reader from the fundamentals of string idea to contemporary advancements. It introduces the fundamentals of perturbative string concept, world-sheet supersymmetry, space-time supersymmetry, conformal box thought and the heterotic string, earlier than describing smooth advancements, together with D-branes, string dualities and M-theory. It then covers string geometry and flux compactifications, functions to cosmology and particle physics, black holes in string idea and M-theory, and the microscopic beginning of black-hole entropy. It concludes with Matrix conception, the AdS/CFT duality and its generalizations. This ebook is perfect for graduate scholars and researchers in glossy string thought, and may make an outstanding textbook for a one-year path on string thought. It comprises over one hundred twenty workouts with strategies, and over 2 hundred homework issues of suggestions on hand on a password secure site for academics at www.cambridge.org/9780521860697.

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