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Superstring Theory
25th Anniversary Edition

Volume 1. Introduction


Part of Cambridge Monographs on Mathematical Physics

  • Date Published: July 2012
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107029118

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About the Authors
  • Twenty-five years ago, Michael Green, John Schwarz, and Edward Witten wrote two volumes on string theory. Published during a period of rapid progress in this subject, these volumes were highly influential for a generation of students and researchers. Despite the immense progress that has been made in the field since then, the systematic exposition of the foundations of superstring theory presented in these volumes is just as relevant today as when first published. A self-contained introduction to superstrings, Volume 1 begins with an elementary treatment of the bosonic string, before describing the incorporation of additional degrees of freedom: fermionic degrees of freedom leading to supersymmetry and internal quantum numbers leading to gauge interactions. A detailed discussion of the evaluation of tree-approximation scattering amplitudes is also given. Featuring a new preface setting the work in context in light of recent advances, this book is invaluable for graduate students and researchers in general relativity and elementary particle theory.

    • Twenty-fifth anniversary reissue featuring a new Preface setting the work in context in light of recent advances
    • A self-contained introduction covering basic material at an advanced level, making it ideal for graduate students and researchers
    • Together with Volume 2, provides a basic review of the subject and remains relevant to many current themes of research
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    Reviews & endorsements

    'Both volumes of Superstring Theory are likely to remain standard reference works for years to come.' Paul K. Townsend, Nature

    '… these books still belong on the essential reading list for anyone wanting to gain a deep understanding of the subject.' Douglas J. Smith, Mathematical Reviews

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    Product details

    • Date Published: July 2012
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107029118
    • length: 482 pages
    • dimensions: 231 x 155 x 30 mm
    • weight: 0.86kg
    • contains: 57 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction
    2. Free bosonic strings
    3. Modern covariant quantization
    4. World-sheet supersymmetry in string theory
    5. Space-time supersymmetry in string theory
    6. Nonabelian gauge symmetry
    7. Tree amplitudes

  • Authors

    Michael B. Green, University of Cambridge
    Michael B. Green is the Lucasian Professor of Mathematics at the University of Cambridge.

    John H. Schwarz, California Institute of Technology
    John H. Schwarz is the Harold Brown Professor of Theoretical Physics at the California Institute of Technology.

    Edward Witten, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, New Jersey
    Edward Witten is the Charles Simonyi Professor of Mathematical Physics at the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton.

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