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String Theory Demystified

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String Theory Demystified

A Self-Teaching Guide
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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.
  • 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.
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    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

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