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Topics in String Theory

by Stanford Continuing Studies Program

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In this Winter course, we will continue an exploration of string theory with Leonard Susskind, the physicist who first developed this important theory that attempts to reconcile quantum mechanics and general relativity. In particular, the course will focus on string theory with regard to important issues in contemporary physics. Topics will include: 1) the impact of string theory on the pursuit of black holes; 2) the string theory landscape and the implications for cosmology; and 3) the Holographic Principle and its applications.

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Susskind's lecture series

Prof. Susskind's lecture series is truly wonderful. If the physics articles in popular science magazines generally leave you wanting more, but your college math is a bit rusty, this series is for you. Susskind develops just enough of the math to give students a feel what the real issues are in contemporary physics, without overwhelming them. Barely remember how to do derivatives and integrals? Never really understood much of trig, logs, group theory or matrix algebra? Never fear - Susskind develops just enough of all of these to explain the outlines of contemporary physics, using clear arguments and frequent diagrams. You're not going to get a PHD watching these lectures, but with some not too great effort you will come to understand much more about relativity, quantum mechanics, cosmology, and string theory than you can get from reading the science section of your local newspaper or any of the pop science magazines. One word of warning - start at the beginning and take your time. The lectures build and gradually gather strength. But you will be thrilled. No Uncertainty Principle about it.

Topics in String Theory

This is great, truly great! You don't need a math or science background to understand the lectures. Everyone should understand the knowldge that is out their, and these lectures puts it in a way that everyone can.