## 8.251 String Theory for Undergraduates, Spring 2005

##### Author(s)

Zwiebach, Barton
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##### Alternative title

String Theory for Undergraduates

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Introduction to the main concepts of string theory to undergraduates. Since string theory is quantum mechanics of a relativistic string, the foundations of the subject can be explained to students exposed to both special relativity (8.033) and basic quantum mechanics (8.05). Subject develops the aspects of string theory and makes it accessible to students familiar with basic electromagnetism (8.02) and statistical mechanics (8.044). This includes the study of D-branes and string thermodynamics. From the course home page: Course Description This course introduces string theory to undergraduate and is based upon Prof. Zwiebach's textbook entitled A First Course in String Theory. Since string theory is quantum mechanics of a relativistic string, the foundations of the subject can be explained to students exposed to both special relativity and basic quantum mechanics. This course develops the aspects of string theory and makes it accessible to students familiar with basic electromagnetism and statistical mechanics.

##### Date issued

2005-06##### Other identifiers

8.251-Spring2005

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##### Keywords

string theory, quantum mechanics, relativistic string, special relativity, electromagnetism, statistical mechanics, D-branes, string thermodynamics, Light-cone, Tachyons, Kalb-Ramond fields, Lorentz invariance, Born-Infeld electrodynamics, Hagedorn temperature, Riemann surfaces, fermionic string theories