Physics World's 'Book of the Year' for 2016
An Entertaining and Enlightening Guide to the Who, What, and Why of String Theory, now also available in an updated reflowable electronic format compatible with mobile devices and e-readers.
During the last 50 years, numerous physicists have tried to unravel the secrets of string theory. Yet why do these scientists work on a theory lacking experimental confirmation?
Why String Theory? provides the answer, offering a highly readable and accessible panorama of the who, what, and why of this large aspect of modern theoretical physics. The author, a theoretical physics professor at the University of Oxford and a leading string theorist, explains what string theory is and where it originated. He describes how string theory fits into physics and why so many physicists and mathematicians find it appealing when working on topics from M-theory to monsters and from cosmology to superconductors.
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About the Author
Joseph Conlon is a professor of theoretical physics at the University of Oxford and a fellow and tutor in physics at New College. He has been a recipient of the student-nominated Outstanding Tutor award across physical and life sciences for his undergraduate teaching. He is a world-leading researcher on string theory and the author of over 50 scientific papers. He has also given over 100 seminar and conference talks worldwide. His research mainly focuses on phenomenological applications of string theory to particle physics and cosmology. Visit WhyStringTheory.com for more details about his work.
Table of Contents
The Long Wait
Scales of Science: Little and Large
Big Lessons of Physics
SPACE AND TIME ARE CUT FROM THE SAME CLOTH
SPACETIME IS DYNAMICAL
THE WORLD IS DESCRIBED BY QUANTUM MECHANICS
THE WORLD REALLY, HONESTLY, TRULY IS DESCRIBED BY QUANTUM MECHANICS
NATURE LIKES SYMMETRIES
THE UNIVERSE WAS YOUNG, SMOOTH AND HOT, BUT IS NOW OLD, COLD AND WRINKLY
DIFFERENT CAN BE THE SAME
NATURE IS SMARTER THAN WE ARE
The Truth Is Out There
What Was String Theory?
THE NAMING CEREMONY
THE WILDERNESS YEARS
HARBINGERS OF GREAT JOY
THE THEORY FORMERLY KNOWN AS STRINGS
What Is String Theory?
QUANTUM FIELD THEORY BY ANY OTHER NAME
THE MISANTHROPIC LANDSCAPE
FIFTY YEARS ON
Direct Experimental Evidence for String Theory
Why Strings? Quantum Field Theory
THE PROBLEM OF STRONG COUPLING
THE ADS/CFT CORRESPONDENCE
APPLICATIONS TO COLLISIONS OF HEAVY IONS
APPLICATIONS TO CONDENSED MATTER PHYSICS
Why Strings? Mathematics
OF MONSTERS AND MOONSHINE
CULTS IN PHYSICS
Why Strings? Cosmology and Particle Physics
EXTRA DIMENSIONS AND MODULI
WHAT MAKES MODULI AND WHAT MODULI MAKE
Why Strings? Quantum Gravity
COUNTING BLACK HOLES
SINGULARITIES AND TOPOLOGY CHANGE
THE ULTIMATE COLLIDER
A Thousand Flowers Blooming: Styles of Science
VORSPRUNG DURCH TECHNIK
STOCKHOLM OR BUST
THE MOST SUBLIME BRAHMINATE OF PRINCETON
IL FAUT CULTIVER NOTRE JARDIN
#EpicFail? Criticisms of String Theory
Why String Theory?
REASONS FOR SUCCESS
RIVALS AND COMPETITORS
PREDICTING THE FUTURE