Strings, Conformal Fields, and M-Theory / Edition 2

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Building on the foundations laid in his Introduction to Superstrings and M Theory, Professor Kaku discusses such topics as the classification of conformal string theories, knot theory, the Yang-Baxter relation, quantum groups, and the insights into 11-dimensional strings recently obtained from M-theory. New chapters discuss such topics as Seiberg-Witten theory, M theory and duality, and D-branes. Throughout, the author conveys the vitality of the current research and places readers at its forefront. Several chapters reviewing the fundamentals of string theory, making the presentation of the material self-contained while keeping overlap with the earlier book to a minimum.

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"...because of its wide range in topics, it becomes extremely handy as a 'reference manual'...Kaku's book covers most of the 'hot topics' from the period 1985 through 1996 in a concise but still quite complete way, it fulfills this task in a superb way." Physicalia

"...A comprehensive survey of essentially all recent research undertaken in string theory and related fields' the author's ability to present such an enormous variety of material is astonishing, resulting in a book that is up-to-date and thorough." Physics Today

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780387988924
  • Publisher: Springer New York
  • Publication date: 12/17/1999
  • Series: Graduate Texts in Contemporary Physics Series
  • Edition description: 2nd ed. 2000
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 531
  • Product dimensions: 1.25 (w) x 6.14 (h) x 9.21 (d)

Table of Contents

I. Conformal Fields and Perturbation Theory: Introduction to Superstrings. BPZ Bootstrap and Minimal Models. WZW Model, Cosets, and Rational Conformal Field Theory. Modular Invariance and The A-D-E Classification. N=2 SUSY and Parafermions.- Yang-Baxter Relation. Towards A Classification of Conformal Field Theories. Knot Theory and Quantum Groups.- II. Nonperturbative Methods: String Field Theories. Nonpolynomial String Field Theory. 2D Gravity and Matrix Models. Topological Field Theory. Seiberg-Witten Theory. M Theory and Duality. D-Branes and CFT /ADS Duality.

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