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String Theory: Volume 1, an Introduction to the Bosonic String (Cambridge Monographs on Mathematical Physics)by Joseph Polchinski
Synopses & ReviewsPublisher Comments:The two volumes that comprise String Theory provide an uptodate, comprehensive account of string theory. Volume 1 provides a thorough introduction to the bosonic string, based on the Polyakov path integral and conformal field theory. The first four chapters introduce the central ideas of string theory, the tools of conformal field theory, the Polyakov path integral, and the covariant quantization of the string. The book then treats string interactions: the general formalism, and detailed treatments of the tree level and one loop amplitudes. Toroidal compactification and many important aspects of string physics, such as Tduality and Dbranes are also covered, as are higherorder amplitudes, including an analysis of their finiteness and unitarity, and various nonperturbative ideas. The volume closes with an appendix giving a short course on path integral methods, followed by annotated references, and a detailed glossary.
Synopsis:Now in paperback, this volume provides an uptodate, comprehensive account of the bosonic string. It starts with the central ideas of string theory, the tools of conformal field theory, the Polyakov path integral, and the covariant quantization of the string. Following chapters treat string interactions: the general formalism, detailed treatments of the tree level and one loop amplitudes. The latter chapters cover toroidal compactification and important aspects of string physics, higherorder amplitudes, and various nonperturbative ideas. An essential text and reference for graduate students and researchers interested in superstring theory.
Synopsis:This is a comprehensive account of supersymmetric strings; for graduate students and researchers.
Synopsis:String theory has advanced rapidly over the last 15 years and is increasingly seen as the best, and perhaps only, route to the complete unification of the four fundamental forcesthe socalled "theory of everything". This text provides, in two volumes, a thoroughly modern and comprehensive introduction to strings and superstrings, and brings the reader up to date on the latest developments in string duality, Mtheory, Dbranes, and the application of string theory to black hole quantum mechanics. The author is one of the world's top string theorists, and is also known as a clear and cogent writer. The two volumes are written at a level appropriate to graduate students in physics. This is the first major textbook on strings since the two volume work of Green, Schwartz and Witten 10 years ago (which sold extraordinarily well, reprinting within a month of publication). The main market for the book is theoretical physicists, particle physicists, astrophysicists, cosmologists and applied mathematicians. However, this is an accessible book on one of the most fundamental questions in physics by a top researcher. It has all the ingredients to be a best seller.
Synopsis:The two volumes that comprise String Theory provide an uptodate, comprehensive account of string theory. Volume 1 provides a thorough introduction to the bosonic string, based on the Polyakov path integral and conformal field theory. The first four chapters introduce the central ideas of string theory, the tools of conformal field theory, the Polyakov path integral, and the covariant quantization of the string. The book then treats string interactions: the general formalism, and detailed treatments of the tree level and one loop amplitudes. Toroidal compactification and many important aspects of string physics, such as Tduality and Dbranes are also covered, as are higherorder amplitudes, including an analysis of their finiteness and unitarity, and various nonperturbative ideas. The volume closes with an appendix giving a short course on path integral methods, followed by annotated references, and a detailed glossary.
Table of ContentsForeword; Preface; Notation; 1. A first look at strings; 2. Conformal field theory; 3. The Polyakov path integral; 4. The string spectrum; 5. The string Smatrix; 6. Treelevel amplitudes; 7. Oneloop amplitudes; 8. Toroidal compactification and Tduality; 9. Higher order amplitudes; Appendix A: a short course on path integrals; References; Glossary; Index.
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