Introduction to Superstrings and M-Theory / Edition 2

Introduction to Superstrings and M-Theory / Edition 2

by Michio Kaku
     
 

ISBN-10: 0387985891

ISBN-13: 9780387985893

Pub. Date: 12/07/1998

Publisher: Springer New York

Superstrings and M-theory: provocative and controversial, but unarguably one of the most interesting and active areas of research in current physics. Called by some, "the theory of everything," superstrings may solve a problem that has eluded physicists for the past 50 years, the final unification of the two great theories of the twentieth century, general

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Superstrings and M-theory: provocative and controversial, but unarguably one of the most interesting and active areas of research in current physics. Called by some, "the theory of everything," superstrings may solve a problem that has eluded physicists for the past 50 years, the final unification of the two great theories of the twentieth century, general relativity and quantum field theory.

Now, here is a thoroughly revised, second edition of a course-tested comprehensive introductory graduate text on superstrings which stresses the most current areas of interest, not covered in other presentations, including:

· Four-dimensional superstrings

· Kac-Moody algebras

· Teichmüller spaces and Calabi-Yau manifolds

· M-theory Membranes and D-branes

· Duality and BPS relations

· Matrix models

The book begins with a simple discussion of point particle theory, and uses Feynman path integrals to unify the presentation of superstrings. It has been updated throughout, and three new chapters on M-theory have been added.

Prerequisites are an acquaintance with quantum mechanics and relativity.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780387985893
Publisher:
Springer New York
Publication date:
12/07/1998
Series:
Graduate Texts in Contemporary Physics Series
Edition description:
2nd ed. 1999. Corr. 2nd printing 1999
Pages:
587
Sales rank:
1,145,667
Product dimensions:
1.44(w) x 6.14(h) x 9.21(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments
IFirst Quantization and Path Integrals1
1Path Integrals and Point Particles3
2Nambu-Goto Strings49
3Superstrings101
4Conformal Field Theory and Kac-Moody Algebras141
5Multiloops and Teichmuller Spaces178
IISecond Quantization and the Search for Geometry245
6Light Cone Field Theory247
7BRST Field Theory291
IIIPhenomenology and Model Building335
8Anomalies and the Atiyah-Singer Theorem337
9Heterotic Strings and Compactification373
10Calabi-Yau Spaces and Orbifolds404
IVM-Theory455
11M-Theory and Duality457
12Compactifications and BPS States482
13Solitons, D-Branes, and Black Holes511
App. A.1A Brief Introduction to Group Theory545
App. A.2A Brief Introduction to General Relativity557
App. A.3A Brief Introduction to the Theory of Forms561
App. A.4A Brief Introduction to Supersymmetry566
App. A.5A Brief Introduction to Supergravity573
App. A.6Notation577
References579
Index581

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