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  1. #1 String Theory and M-theory Study Material 
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    Hi,

    I recently watched a program about String Theory and M-theory in Discovery channel. It was amazing. I want to know more about it. Can anyone please advice me where I should start. I am an engineering Graduate.

    Can you give me address of any website or give me information about a book which covers basic topics and advance topics of string theory and it's related subjects?

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    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/String_theory

    http://www.superstringtheory.com/


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    You may be interested in the works of Gerard 't Hooft, a nobel prize winner who's done some research in the field. I know about him because I was at one of his readings, which btw was completely beyond my comprehension :wink:
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    Brian Greene worte a great book on it a while back that I really enjoyed..... I can't think of the title right now, but a search on Amazon should yield it.

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    you mean 'The Elegant Universe' which was also made into a TV series.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sachinastro
    Hi,

    I recently watched a program about String Theory and M-theory in Discovery channel. It was amazing. I want to know more about it. Can anyone please advice me where I should start. I am an engineering Graduate.

    Can you give me address of any website or give me information about a book which covers basic topics and advance topics of string theory and it's related subjects?

    Regards,

    Sachin
    I have a master's in physics and the last class I took was on this topic. The texts we used for the course where Superstring theory by Green, Schwarz & Witten, and Superstring theory Volumes I & II by Joseph Polchinski. M theory is a fairly recent synthesis of competing string theories and the math is even more sophisticated than the quantum field theory needed for the two texts. If you are looking for a metaphysical description of M-theory for popular consumption I cannot be very helpful since I haven't read any. Brian Greene is certainly the most well know author of attempts of this sort on the topic of string theory and Stephen Hawking's new book "The Universe in a Nutshell" supposedly talks about p-branes as well.
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    I'd recommend Brian Greene's "The Elegant Universe" as someone already mentioned. It's a very readable book for those without a lot of background in physics
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    Why not try Hyperspace by Michio Kaku?
    And talking about hyperspace, has anyone here tried visualising higher dimensions before? Or is it proven impossible?
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    Wow, thanks for posting those links Wallaby. I've heard of this and I'm taking 20 hours this semester so I haven't had time to check it out, it's nice to have this quick rundown.
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