A Brief History of String Theory

From Dual Models to M-Theory

  • Dean Rickles

Part of the The Frontiers Collection book series (FRONTCOLL)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xix
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    Pages 1-18
  3. The (Very) Early Years: 1959–1973

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 19-19
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      Pages 21-50
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  4. A Decade of Darkness: 1974–1984

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 111-111
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  5. String Theory Becomes Super: 1985–1995

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 167-167
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      Pages 169-206
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 243-251

About this book


During its forty year lifespan, string theory has always had the power to divide, being called both a 'theory of everything' and a 'theory of nothing'. Critics have even questioned whether it qualifies as a scientific theory at all. This book adopts an objective stance, standing back from the question of the truth or falsity of string theory and instead focusing on how it came to be and how it came to occupy its present position in physics. An unexpectedly rich history is revealed, with deep connections to our most well-established physical theories. Fully self-contained and written in a lively fashion, the book will appeal to a wide variety of readers from novice to specialist.


Development of string theory History of physics Not even wrong Quantum gravity Sociology of science String theory

Authors and affiliations

  • Dean Rickles
    • 1
  1. 1.ScienceUniversity of Sydney Unit for History & Philosophy ofSydneyAustralia

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2014
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Physics and Astronomy
  • Print ISBN 978-3-642-45127-0
  • Online ISBN 978-3-642-45128-7
  • Series Print ISSN 1612-3018
  • Series Online ISSN 2197-6619
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