Superstrings: A Theory of Everything?

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P. C. W. Davies, Paul Charles William Davies, Julian Brown
Cambridge University Press, Jul 31, 1992 - Science - 234 pages
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Originating as a BBC Radio program, "Desperately Seeking Superstrings," this book explains in clear, concise, non-mathematical terms the superstring theory which, if correct, would provide the much sought-after Theory of Everything, the unification of physics. Includes interviews with John Schwarz, Edward Witten, Michael Green, David Gross, John Ellis, Abdus Salam, Sheldon Glashow, Richard Feynman, and Steven Weinberg.
 

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A great ensemble of views from several eminent physicists on the edge of great transformative research. A priceless read.

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Do not expect a great detail of string or even superstring theory from this book. Yet it gives unbiased perspective on the development of this theory on fundamental physics. If you like to learn more about string theory in more detail, I suggest the string theory for undergraduates published by Cambridge. I think this book is worth to read as a brief review of the subject. 

Contents

Introduction
1
12 Unity at the heart of nature
6
13 The theory of relativity
8
14 The quantum theory
18
15 The world of subatomic particles
21
16 The four forces
26
17 Messenger particles
29
18 Symmetry and supersymmetry
33
John Schwarz
70
Edward Witten
90
Michael Green
107
David Gross
140
John Ellis
151
Abdus Salam
170
Sheldon Glashow
180
Richard Feynman
192

19 Unification of the forces
47
110 Unified gauge theories
52
111 Supergravity
60
112 Mathematical diseases
63
113 String theory
67
Steven Weinberg
211
Glossary
225
Index
229
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