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UNRAVEL the mystery of STRING THEORY Trying to understand string theory but ending up with your brain in knots? Here's your lifeline! This straightforward guide explains the fundamental principles behind this cutting-edge concept.
String Theory Demystified elucidates the goal of the theory--to combine general relativity and quantum theory into a single, unified framework. You'll learn about classical strings, conformal field theory, quantization, compactification, and T duality. The book covers supersymmetry and superstrings, D-branes, the holographic principle, and cosmology. Hundreds of examples and illustrations make it easy to understand the material, and end-of-chapter quizzes and a final exam help reinforce learning.
This fast and easy guide offers:
- Numerous figures to illustrate key concepts
- Sample problems with worked solutions
- Coverage of equations of motion, the energy-momentum tensor, and conserved currents
- A discussion of the Randall-Sundrum model
- A time-saving approach to performing better on an exam or at work
Simple enough for a beginner, but challenging enough for an advanced student, String Theory Demystified is your key to comprehending this theory of everything.
About the Author
David McMahon has worked for several years as a physicist and researcher at Sandia National Laboratories. He is the author of Linear Algebra Demystified, Quantum Mechanics Demystified, Relativity Demystified, MATLAB Demystified, and Complex Variables Demystified, among other successful titles.
Table of Contents
Preface
Chapter 1: Introduction
Chapter 2: The Classical String I: Equations of Motion
Chapter 3: The Classical String II: Symmetrics and Worldsheet Currents
Chapter 4: String Quantization
Chapter 5: Conformal Field Theory Part I
Chapter 6: BRST Quantization
Chapter 7: RNS Superstrings
Chapter 8: Compactification and T-Duality
Chapter 9: Superstring Theory Continued
Chapter 10: A Summary of Superstring Theory
Chapter 11: Type II String Theories
Chapter 12: Heterotic String Theory
Chapter 13: D-Branes
Chapter 14: Black Holes
Chapter 15: The Holographic Principle and AdS/CFT Correspondence
Chapter 16: String Theory and Cosmology
Final Exam
Quiz Solutions
Final Exam Solutions
References
Index