## Superstrings: A Theory of Everything?P. C. W. Davies, Paul Charles William Davies, Julian Brown 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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