String Theory for Pedestrians

author: Constantin Bachas, Laboratoire de Physique Théorique, École Normale Supérieure
published: Sept. 10, 2010,   recorded: February 2009,   views: 125985
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This is a non-technical rapid course on string theory. Lecture 1 is an introduction to the basics of the subject: classical and quantum strings, D(irichlet) branes and string-string dualities. In lecture 2 I will discuss string unification of the fundamental forces, covering both its successes and failures. Finally in lecture 3 I will review string models of black hole microstates, the holographic gauge/gravity duality and, if time permits, potential applications to the physics of the strong interactions.

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Comment1 peter, August 4, 2012 at 4:18 a.m.:

oh the horror, the audio is unintelligible for this second lecture. Please repost, if at all possible with a clearer audio stream, as the content is excellent

Comment2 peter, August 4, 2012 at 4:22 a.m.:

what a relief!!! the audio clears up at approximately 6 minutes 30 seconds.

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