By Andrea Cappelli,Elena Castellani,Filippo Colomo,Paolo Di Vecchia

String conception is at the moment the simplest candidate for a unified conception of all forces and all varieties of topic in nature. As such, it has turn into a focus for actual and philosophical discussions. This certain publication explores the historical past of the theory's early phases of improvement, as instructed by way of its major protagonists. The ebook trips from the 1st model of the idea (the so-called twin resonance version) within the past due sixties, as an try to describe the physics of robust interactions outdoor the framework of quantum box thought, to its reinterpretation round the mid-seventies as a quantum conception of gravity unified with the opposite forces, and its successive advancements as much as the superstring revolution in 1984. offering vital heritage details to present debates at the idea, this booklet is key interpreting for college students and researchers in physics, in addition to historians and philosophers of science.

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