Steve Gubser begins by explaining Einstein's famous equation E = mc2, quantum mechanics, and black holes. He then gives readers a crash course in string theory and the core ideas behind it. In plain English and with a minimum of mathematics, Gubser covers strings, branes, string dualities, extra dimensions, curved spacetime, quantum fluctuations, symmetry, and supersymmetry. He describes efforts to link string theory to experimental physics and uses analogies that nonscientists can understand. How does Chopin's Fantasie-Impromptu relate to quantum mechanics? What would it be like to fall into a black hole? Why is dancing a waltz similar to contemplating a string duality? Find out in the pages of this book.
The Little Book of String Theory is the essential, most up-to-date beginner's guide to this elegant, multidimensional field of physics.
Chapter One: Energy 11
Chapter Two: Quantum Mechanics 19
Chapter Three: Gravity and Black Holes 34
Chapter Four: String Theory 49
Chapter Five: Branes 69
Chapter Six: String Dualities 99
Chapter Seven: Supersymmetry and the LHC 117
Chapter Eight: Heavy Ions and the Fifth Dimension 140
Leigh Dayton, Australian