University of Birmingham > Talks@bham > Particle Physics Seminars > An Introduction to String/M-Theory

## An Introduction to String/M-TheoryAdd to your list(s) Download to your calendar using vCal - Nick Evans (Southampton University)
- Wednesday 30 May 2012, 13:30-14:30
- Small Lecture Theatre (S06, Poynting [R13]).
If you have a question about this talk, please contact Prof Ian Kenyon. I, someone who has entered string theory with a phenomenologists background, will attempt to give a gentle first introdution to what string theory or M theory actually is. Why does it unify gravity and gauge theory? Why are there 5 types of string theory and why do they live in 10 dimensions? Are they string theories anyway since they contain higher dimension branes? How do dualities and 11 dimensional M-theory unify them? How do we even define what theses theories are? Are there really 10^500 vacuum states? Does any of this have anything to do with the real world? We can end with a good argument about the anthropic principle. This talk is part of the Particle Physics Seminars series. ## This talk is included in these lists:Note that ex-directory lists are not shown. |
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