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.
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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; Light-cone fields and particles; The relativistic quantum point particle; 12, Relativistic quantum closed strings; Relativistic quantum closed strings; A look at relativistic superstrings; Part II.
Developments: D-branes and gauge fields; String charge and electric charge; T-duality of closed strings; T-duality of open strings; Electromagnetism fields in D-branes; Nonlinear and Born-Infeld electrodynamics; Strong theory and particle physics; String thermodynamics and black holes; Covariant string quantization; String interactions and Riemann surfaces; Loop amplitudes in string theory; References; Index.
With almost problems and exercises it is perfectly suited for introductory courses for students with a background in physics. This highlights fundamental features of the theory that make it so radically different from theories based on point-like particles. This book makes the subject amenable to undergraduates but it will also appeal greatly to beginning researchers who may be overwhelmed by the standard textbooks.
There has been much demand for a book about string theory at this level, and this one should go a long way towards meeting that demand.
This audience needs a text that goes much further than the popular accounts but without the full technical detail of a graduate text. It is well-grounded in familiar physical concepts, and proceeds through some of the most timely and exciting aspects of the subject. Zwiebach avoids the temptation of including topics that would weigh the book down and make many students rush it back to the shelf and quit the course. This is not just one more text in the ever-growing canon of popular books on string theory Equipped with this background, the reader can safely start to tackle the books by Green, Schwarz and Witten and by Polchinski.
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. 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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