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A First Course in String Theory

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  • Date Published: January 2009
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  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521880329

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  • Barton Zwiebach is once again faithful to his goal of making string theory accessible to undergraduates. Complete and thorough in its coverage, the author presents the main concepts of string theory in a concrete and physical way in order to develop intuition before formalism, often through simplified and illustrative examples. This new edition now includes AdS/CFT correspondence, which is the hottest area of string theory right now as well as introducing superstrings. The text is perfectly suited to introductory courses in string theory for students with a background in mathematics and physics. New sections cover strings on orbifolds, cosmic strings, moduli stabilization, and the string theory landscape.

    • Includes completely new chapters on AdS/CFT correspondence and strong interactions, and an introduction to superstrings
    • A detailed and self-contained explanation of string theory at a level that is truly understandable to undergraduates
    • Presents the main concepts of string theory in a concrete and physical way, with over 100 worked examples and over 180 homework problems (with solutions for instructors)
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    "When it first appeared, Zwiebach's A First Course in String Theory provided a great launching point for those who wanted to learn about the field of string theory... .The second edition is filled with many updates, including the connection to particle physics emphasizing the strong interactions, and provides an even better starting point for beginning physicists interested in learning about this exciting field."
    - Professor Per Berglund, University of New Hampshire

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    Product details

    • Edition: 2nd Edition
    • Date Published: January 2009
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521880329
    • length: 694 pages
    • dimensions: 252 x 195 x 32 mm
    • weight: 1.62kg
    • contains: 86 b/w illus. 180 exercises
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. Basics:
    1. A brief introduction
    2. Special relativity and extra dimensions
    3. Electromagnetism and gravitation in various dimensions
    4. Nonrelativistic strings
    5. The relativistic point particle
    6. Relativistic strings
    7. Strong parameterization and classical motion
    8. World-sheet currents
    9. Light-cone relativistic strings
    10. Light-cone fields and particles
    11. The relativistic quantum point particle
    12, Relativistic quantum closed strings
    13. Relativistic quantum closed strings
    14. A look at relativistic superstrings
    Part II. Developments:
    15. D-branes and gauge fields
    16. String charge and electric charge
    17. T-duality of closed strings
    18. T-duality of open strings
    19. Electromagnetism fields in D-branes
    20. Nonlinear and Born-Infeld electrodynamics
    21. Strong theory and particle physics
    22. String thermodynamics and black holes
    23. Strong interactions and AdS/CFT
    24. Covariant string quantization
    25. String interactions and Riemann surfaces
    26. Loop amplitudes in string theory

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    • Advanced in Theoretical Physics
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    Barton Zwiebach, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    Barton Zwiebach is Professor of Physics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. His central contributions have been in the area of string field theory, where he did the early work on the construction of the field theory of open strings and then developed the field theory of closed strings. He has also made important contributions to the subjects of D-branes with exceptional symmetry and tachyon condensation.

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