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M-Theory and Quantum Geometry

  • Lárus Thorlacius
  • Thordur Jonsson

Part of the NATO Science Series book series (ASIC, volume 556)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xviii
  2. Paolo Di Vecchia, Antonella Liccardo
    Pages 1-60
  3. Washington Taylor
    Pages 91-178
  4. Daniela Bigatti, Leonard Susskind
    Pages 179-226
  5. Curtis G. Callan Jr.
    Pages 227-254
  6. Ruth Britto-Pacumio, Jeremy Michelson, Andrew Strominger, Anastasia Volovich
    Pages 255-284
  7. Yuri Makeenko
    Pages 285-354
  8. Thordur Jonsson
    Pages 355-380
  9. J. Ambjørn, J. Jurkiewicz, R. Loll
    Pages 381-450
  10. Back Matter
    Pages 451-454

About this book


The fundamental structure of matter and spacetime at the shortest length scales remains an exciting frontier of basic research in theoretical physics. A unifying theme in this area is the quantization of geometrical objects. The majority of lectures at the Advanced Study Institute on Quantum Ge­ ometry in Akureyri was on recent advances in superstring theory, which is the leading candidate for a unified description of all known elementary par­ ticles and interactions. The geometric concept of one-dimensional extended objects, or strings, has always been at the core of superstring theory but in recent years the focus has shifted to include also higher-dimensional ob­ jects, so called D-branes, which play a key role in the non-perturbative dynamics of the theory. A related development has seen the strong coupling regime of a given string theory identified with the weak coupling regime of what was previ­ ously believed to be a different theory, and a web of such" dualities" that interrelates all known superstring theories has emerged. The resulting uni­ fied theoretical framework, termed M-theory, has evolved at a rapid pace in recent years.


elementary particle gauge theories quantum gravity string theory strong interaction

Editors and affiliations

  • Lárus Thorlacius
    • 1
  • Thordur Jonsson
    • 1
  1. 1.Science InstituteUniversity of IcelandIceland

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