Foundations of Physics

, Volume 45, Issue 6, pp 657–660 | Cite as

A. Cappelli, E. Castellani, F. Colomo and P. Di Vecchia (Eds.): The Birth of String Theory

Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 664 pages, hardback, ISBN: 9780521197908
  • Sebastian de Haro
  • Jans Henke
  • Darrell Tang

The Birth of String Theory by Cappelli et al. tells the story of the beginnings of string theory and of the evolutionary process it has undergone from its origins in S-matrix theory to its current status as a candidate unification theory. The book is intended for an audience of students and researchers in physics, as well as historians and philosophers of science with some background in quantum field theory.

In the 50s and early 60s, theoretical particle physics focused on formulating a theory to explain the strong interactions. Due to issues with the application of perturbative quantum field theory (QFT) to the strong interactions, theoretical particle physicists shifted their attention to Heisenberg’s ‘S-matrix’ theory, which focused solely on observable quantities. This endeavour led in 1968 to the breakthrough of the famous ‘Veneziano amplitude’, which along with the Dolen–Horn–Schmid (DHS) duality between the s- and the t-channels led to the dual resonance model (DRM). Following...


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Amsterdam University CollegeUniversity of AmsterdamAmsterdamThe Netherlands
  2. 2.Department of History and Philosophy of ScienceUniversity of CambridgeCambridgeUK

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