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Introduction to Strings and Branes by Peter West

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3 The quantum bosonic string

 

 

 

 

Don’t worry, I know you’ll never understand it.

Wittgenstein to Bertrand Russell, his Ph.D supervisor, after he had defended his Ph.D thesis

The initial reaction of many people when told that the fundamental entities of Nature may be strings is the response: what is so special about strings? This attitude is a reflection of the unexciting or, perhaps, all too familiar nature of string-like objects that we encounter in everyday life. The string we are interested in here is different in two important respects to the more familiar violin string as unlike the latter it embodies the principles of relativity and quantum mechanics. In the previous chapter on the classical relativistic string we did see some interesting ...

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