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First monograph devoted to the history of superstring theory
Objective presentation of a controversial area of physics enabling readers to see through the divisive hype and hysteria forming the 'String Wars'
Interweaves conceptual issues with the wider historical development
Reveals string theory's historically close connections with other areas of physics
Self-contained approach brings string theory within the grasp of non-specialists
During its forty year lifespan, string theory has always had the power to divide, being called both a 'theory of everything' and a 'theory of nothing'. Critics have even questioned whether it qualifies as a scientific theory at all. This book adopts an objective stance, standing back from the question of the truthor falsity of string theory and instead focusing on how it came to be and how it came to occupy its present position in physics. An unexpectedly rich history is revealed, with deep connections to our most well-established physical theories. Fully self-contained and written in a lively fashion, the book will appeal to a wide variety of readers from novice to specialist.
Content Level »Upper undergraduate
Keywords »Development of string theory - History of physics - Not even wrong - Quantum gravity - Sociology of science - String theory