Foundations of Physics

, Volume 43, Issue 1, pp 174–181 | Cite as

String Theory

  • Leonard SusskindEmail author


After reviewing the original motivation for the formulation of string theory and what we learned from it, I discuss some of the implications of the holographic principle and of string dualities for the question of the building blocks of nature.


Black Hole String Theory Higgs Boson Minimal Supersymmetric Standard Model Open String 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Stanford Institute for Theoretical Physics and Department of PhysicsStanford UniversityStanfordUSA

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