World in Eleven Dimensions: Supergravity, Supermembranes and M-Theory by M. J. Duff, Hardcover | Barnes & Noble
The World in Eleven Dimensions: Supergravity, Supermembranes and M-Theory

The World in Eleven Dimensions: Supergravity, Supermembranes and M-Theory

by M.J Duff
     
 

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A unified theory embracing all physical phenomena is a major goal of theoretical physics. In the early 1980s, many physicists looked to eleven-dimensional supergravity in the hope that it might provide that elusive superunified theory. In 1984 supergravity was knocked off its pedestal by ten-dimensional superstrings, one-dimensional objects whose vibrational modes

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A unified theory embracing all physical phenomena is a major goal of theoretical physics. In the early 1980s, many physicists looked to eleven-dimensional supergravity in the hope that it might provide that elusive superunified theory. In 1984 supergravity was knocked off its pedestal by ten-dimensional superstrings, one-dimensional objects whose vibrational modes represent the elementary particles. Superstrings provided a perturbative finite theory of gravity which, after compactification to four spacetime dimensions, seemed in principle capable of explaining the Standard Model. Despite these major successes, however, nagging doubts persisted about superstrings. Then in 1987 and 1992 the elementary supermembrane and its dual partner, the solitonic superfivebrane, were discovered. These are supersymmetric extended objects with respectively two and five dimensions moving in an eleven-dimensional spacetime.

Over the period since 1996, perturbative superstrings have been superseded by a new nonperturbative called M-theory, which describes supermembranes and superfivebranes, subsumes string theories, and has as its low-energy limit, eleven-dimensional supergravity. M-theory represents the most exciting development in the subject since 1984 when the superstring revolution first burst on the scene.

The first book devoted to M-theory, The World in Eleven Dimensions: Supergravity, Supermembranes and M-Theory brings together seminal papers that have shaped our current understanding of this eleven-dimensional world, from supergravity through supermembranes to M-theory. Each chapter includes commentaries intended to explain the importance of these papers and to place them in a wider perspective. Each chapter also has an extensive bibliography. The book is of interest to researchers and postgraduate students in particle physics, mathematical physics, gravitation, and cosmology.

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Mathematical Reviews
This collection contains many classic papers which have played an important role in our current understanding of eleven-dimensional M-theory. Many of the papers included in this collection are useful for reference. The book is also well structured, with the introductions to each chapter providing a summary of the contents as well as putting the papers in historical context. Duff has played a significant role in the development of this subject and has used this experience to select the papers for this collection...Duff has achieved a good overall balance between older papers laying the foundations and some modern articles which are still directing current research.
Booknews
Brings together seminal papers that have shaped our current understanding of the eleven-dimensional world described by eleven- dimensional -theory, the latest unified field theory embracing all physical phenomena. Recent papers and well-cited classic papers are organized in six sections on eleven-dimensional supergravity, the eleven-dimensional supermembrane and superfivebrane, -theory, intersecting branes and black holes, and -theory and duality. Commentary preceding each of the six sections explains the importance of each paper and places it in a wider perspective. The editor teaches physics at the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780750306720
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
01/01/1999
Series:
Series in High Energy Physics, Cosmology and Gravitation Series
Pages:
513
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.10(d)

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