Why String Theory?

Joseph Conlon

November 24, 2015 by CRC Press
Reference - 248 Pages
ISBN 9781482242478 - CAT# K23391


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  • Provides the only modern, popular science account of string theory accessible to a general audience
  • Covers a wide range of contemporary physics and mathematics
  • Describes the big picture of known physics
  • Addresses applications and criticisms of string theory
  • Includes references for readers who would like to research the subject further


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During the last 50 years, numerous physicists have tried to unravel the secrets of string theory. Yet why do these scientists work on a theory lacking experimental confirmation?

Why String Theory? provides the answer, offering a highly readable and accessible panorama of the who, what, and why of this large aspect of modern theoretical physics. The author, a theoretical physics professor at the University of Oxford and a leading string theorist, explains what string theory is and where it originated. He describes how string theory fits into physics and why so many physicists and mathematicians find it appealing when working on topics from M-theory to monsters and from cosmology to superconductors.