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The birth of string theory: Introduction and synopsis

Cappelli, Andrea and Castellani, Elena and Colomo, Filippo and Di Vecchia, Paolo (2012) The birth of string theory: Introduction and synopsis. [Published Article or Volume]

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This is a draft of the introduction to the collective volume "The birth of string theory" (CUP, 2012), including the book's index and preface. The book explores the history of the theory’s early stages of development, as told by its main protagonists. It journeys from the first version of the theory (the so-called Dual Resonance Model) in the late 1960s, as an attempt to describe the physics of strong interactions outside the framework of quantum field theory, to its reinterpretation around the mid-1970s as a quantum theory of gravity unified with the other interactions, and its successive developments up to the superstring revolution in 1984. The introductive Chapter summarizes the main developments and contains a chronological synopsis with a list of key results and publications.

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Item Type: Published Article or Volume
Di Vecchia,
Keywords: early string theory, dual models, the analytic S-matrix, Veneziano's fomula, superstring theory,
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Physics > Fields and Particles
General Issues > History of Science Case Studies
Specific Sciences > Physics
Specific Sciences > Physics > Symmetries/Invariances
Depositing User: Elena Castellani
Date Deposited: 10 Nov 2012 18:32
Last Modified: 10 Nov 2012 18:32
Item ID: 9437
Journal or Publication Title: The birth of string theory
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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