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String Theory Demystified / Edition 1

String Theory Demystified / Edition 1

by David McMahonDavid McMahon
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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780071498708
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional Publishing
Publication date: 08/21/2008
Series: Demystified Series
Edition description: List
Pages: 306
Sales rank: 680,513
Product dimensions: 7.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.60(d)

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


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



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