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The Birth of String Theory

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A. Cappelli, E. Castellani, F. Colomo, P. Di Vecchia, G. Veneziano, J. H. Schwarz, M. Ademollo, H. R. Rubinstein, P. G. O. Freund, M. Gell-Mann, J. A. Shapiro, D. Amati, L. Clavelli, C. Lovelace, R. Musto, F. Nicodemi, S. Sciuto, P. Goddard, L. Susskind, H. B. Nielsen, Y. Nambu, D. B. Fairlie, S. Mandelstam, R. C. Brower, D. I. Olive, P. Ramond, A. Neveu, E. Corrigan, K. Bardakci, M. B. Halpern, J.-L. Gervais, C. Montonen, F. Gliozzi, T. Yoneya, L. Brink, E. Cremmer, M. B. Green, A. M. Polyakov
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  • Date Published: May 2012
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521197908

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  • String theory is currently the best candidate for a unified theory of all forces and all forms of matter in nature. As such, it has become a focal point for physical and philosophical discussions. This unique book explores the history of the theory's early stages of development, as told by its main protagonists. The book journeys from the first version of the theory (the so-called dual resonance model) in the late sixties, as an attempt to describe the physics of strong interactions outside the framework of quantum field theory, to its reinterpretation around the mid-seventies as a quantum theory of gravity unified with the other forces, and its successive developments up to the superstring revolution in 1984. Providing important background information to current debates on the theory, this book is essential reading for students and researchers in physics, as well as historians and philosophers of science.

    • Written by the leading experts in the field, it gives a unique insight into the early stages in the development of the theory
    • Enables a better understanding of this important and influential theory
    • Gives background information relevant to current debates on the status of the theory
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    "These writings capture the excitement of the field and the rigor of the physical and mathematical constructs needed to capture a portion of the universe... this book remains uniquely valuable to students preparing to study string theory and those who study the history and philosophy of science. Highly recommended."
    J.R. Burciaga, Choice Magazine

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    • Date Published: May 2012
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521197908
    • length: 664 pages
    • dimensions: 244 x 170 x 37 mm
    • weight: 1.25kg
    • contains: 63 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. Overview:
    1. Introduction and synopsis
    2. Rise and fall of the hadronic string G. Veneziano
    3. Gravity, unification, and the superstring J. H. Schwarz
    4. Early string theory as a challenging case study for philosophers E. Castellani
    Part II. The Prehistory: The Analytic S-Matrix:
    5. Introduction to Part II
    6. Particle theory in the sixties: from current algebra to the Veneziano amplitude M. Ademollo
    7. The path to the Veneziano model H. R. Rubinstein
    8. Two-component duality and strings P. G. O. Freund
    9. Note on the prehistory of string theory M. Gell-Mann
    Part III. The Dual Resonance Model:
    10. Introduction to Part III
    11. From the S-matrix to string theory P. Di Vecchia
    12. Reminiscence on the birth of string theory J. A. Shapiro
    13. Personal recollections D. Amati
    14. Early string theory at Fermilab and Rutgers L. Clavelli
    15. Dual amplitudes in higher dimensions: a personal view C. Lovelace
    16. Personal recollections on dual models R. Musto
    17. Remembering the 'supergroup' collaboration F. Nicodemi
    18. The '3-Reggeon vertex' S. Sciuto
    Part IV. The String:
    19. Introduction to Part IV
    20. From dual models to relativistic strings P. Goddard
    21. The first string theory: personal recollections L. Susskind
    22. The string picture of the Veneziano model H. B. Nielsen
    23. From the S-matrix to string theory Y. Nambu
    24. The analogue model for string amplitudes D. B. Fairlie
    25. Factorization in dual models and functional integration in string theory S. Mandelstam
    26. The hadronic origins of string theory R. C. Brower
    Part V. Beyond the Bosonic String:
    27. Introduction to Part V
    28. From dual fermion to superstring D. I. Olive
    29. Dual models with fermions: memoirs of an early string theorist P. Ramond
    30. Personal recollections A. Neveu
    31. Aspects of fermionic dual models E. Corrigan
    32. The dual quark models K. Bardakci and M. B. Halpern
    33. Remembering the dawn of relativistic strings J.-L. Gervais
    34. Early string theory in Cambridge: personal recollections C. Montonen
    Part VI. The Superstring:
    35. Introduction to Part VI
    36. Supersymmetry in string theory F. Gliozzi
    37. Gravity from strings: personal reminiscences of early developments T. Yoneya
    38. From the Nambu–Goto to the σ-model action L. Brink
    39. Locally supersymmetric action for superstring P. Di Vecchia
    40. Personal recollections E. Cremmer
    41. The scientific contributions of Joël Scherk J. H. Schwarz
    Part VII. Preparing the String Renaissance:
    42. Introduction to Part VII
    43. From strings to superstrings: a personal perspective M. B. Green
    44. Quarks, strings and beyond A. M. Polyakov
    45. The rise of the superstring theory A. Cappelli and F. Colomo
    Appendices
    Index.

  • Editors

    Andrea Cappelli, Istituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare (INFN), Florence
    Andrea Cappelli graduated in physics from the University of Florence in 1983 and received his PhD from the same university in 1987. He is currently Director of Research at the Italian Istituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare (INFN), Section of Florence. His field of research is quantum field theory, the main tool of theoretical physics that allows one to describe elementary particles and fundamental forces. In particular, he is interested in the exact solutions of this theory that are possible in low-dimensional systems and in presence of extended symmetries such as conformal invariance. Andrea Cappelli has also been studying applications of exact solutions: to string theory, the theory that could unify particle physics with gravity and to condensed-matter systems in one or two space dimensions that present novel non-perturbative phenomena, such as fractionally charged excitations and are interesting for technological applications. Cappelli has published 60 papers in international journals and has edited one book of conference proceedings. He has co-organized several international conferences in Italy and abroad and coordinates the national research project, 'Low-Dimensional Field Theory, Integrable Systems and Applications'. He is also editor of the Journal of High-Energy Physics (JHEP) and the Journal of Statistical Physics (JSTAT).

    Elena Castellani, Università degli Studi, Florence
    Elena Castellani is Associate Professor at the Department of Philosophy, University of Florence. Her research work has focussed on such issues as symmetry, physical objects, reductionism and emergence, structuralism and realism.

    Filippo Colomo, Istituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare (INFN), Florence
    Filippo Colomo is a Researcher at the Italian Istituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare, Florence. His current research interests lie in theoretical and mathematical physics.

    Paolo Di Vecchia, Niels Bohr Institutet, Copenhagen and Nordita, Stockholm
    Paolo Di Vecchia is Professor of Theoretical Particle Physics at Nordita, Stockholm, and at the Niels Bohr Institute, Copenhagen. He has worked on several aspects of theoretical particle physics and has contributed to the development of string theory since its birth in 1968.

    Contributors

    A. Cappelli, E. Castellani, F. Colomo, P. Di Vecchia, G. Veneziano, J. H. Schwarz, M. Ademollo, H. R. Rubinstein, P. G. O. Freund, M. Gell-Mann, J. A. Shapiro, D. Amati, L. Clavelli, C. Lovelace, R. Musto, F. Nicodemi, S. Sciuto, P. Goddard, L. Susskind, H. B. Nielsen, Y. Nambu, D. B. Fairlie, S. Mandelstam, R. C. Brower, D. I. Olive, P. Ramond, A. Neveu, E. Corrigan, K. Bardakci, M. B. Halpern, J.-L. Gervais, C. Montonen, F. Gliozzi, T. Yoneya, L. Brink, E. Cremmer, M. B. Green, A. M. Polyakov

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