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The Little Book of String Theory by Steven S. Gubser

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INTRODUCTION

 

STRING THEORY IS A MYSTERY. IT’S SUPPOSED TO BE THE THEory of everything. But it hasn’t been verified experimentally. And it’s so esoteric. It’s all about extra dimensions, quantum fluctuations, and black holes. How can that be the world? Why can’t everything be simpler?

String theory is a mystery. Its practitioners (of which I am one) admit they don’t understand the theory. But calculation after calculation yields unexpectedly beautiful, connected results. One gets a sense of inevitability from studying string theory. How can this not be the world? How can such deep truths fail to connect to reality?

String theory is a mystery. It draws many talented graduate students away from other fascinating topics, like superconductivity, ...

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