O'Reilly logo

The Little Book of String Theory by Steven S. Gubser

Stay ahead with the world's most comprehensive technology and business learning platform.

With Safari, you learn the way you learn best. Get unlimited access to videos, live online training, learning paths, books, tutorials, and more.

Start Free Trial

No credit card required

Chapter FIVE

Image

BRANES

IN 1989, AFTER MY JUNIOR YEAR IN HIGH SCHOOL, I WENT TO a physics camp. One of the things we did was to hear a lecture on string theory. About halfway through, one of the other students asked a sharp question. He said (more or less), “Why stop with strings? Why not work with sheets, or membranes, or solid three-dimensional chunks of quantum stuff?” The lecturer basically replied that strings seemed to be both difficult enough and powerful enough already, and that they seemed to be special in ways that membranes and solid chunks were not.

Fast forward about six years, to 1995: The whole string theory community was electrified ...

With Safari, you learn the way you learn best. Get unlimited access to videos, live online training, learning paths, books, interactive tutorials, and more.

Start Free Trial

No credit card required