Does michio kaku hate leonard susskind?

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i was reading kaku's book beyond einstein and he kept talking about the beginning of string theory and we all know that susskind was instrumental in its foundation back in 70 yet kaku never mentioned him. he had numerous times to mention susskind but never did throughout the whole book.
 

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i was reading kaku's book beyond einstein and he kept talking about the beginning of string theory and we all know that susskind was instrumental in its foundation back in 70 yet kaku never mentioned him. he had numerous times to mention susskind but never did throughout the whole book.
i believe he didn't understand what suss wrote, his level and suss'level seems too far different, aren't they ?
 
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i can't read technical papers on string theory, can you?
 
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i can't read technical papers on string theory, can you?
I know what most of the words and math symbols mean, taken one at a time. But that doesn't help much when you get to the string theory equivalent of Chomsky's "colorless green ideas sleep furionsly".
 
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In the index to Brian Greene's 'The Elegant Universe', there are 5 references to Professor Susskind. In the index to Zwiebach's 'A First Course in String Theory', there is no mention. There is only one possible explanation for these data. Greene loves Susskind, while Kaku and Zwiebach hate him.
 
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In the index to Brian Greene's 'The Elegant Universe', there are 5 references to Professor Susskind. In the index to Zwiebach's 'A First Course in String Theory', there is no mention. There is only one possible explanation for these data. Greene loves Susskind, while Kaku and Zwiebach hate him.
Hard to argue with logic like that!
 
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In the index to Zwiebach's 'A First Course in String Theory', there is no mention.
In his list of references, Zwiebach includes at least four references to stuff by Susskind, three technical and one popular-level.
 
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In his list of references, Zwiebach includes at least four references to stuff by Susskind, three technical and one popular-level.
This is disturbing news. I would say Kaku stands alone in his hatred of Susskind. Pending a report on the list of references in Beyond Einstein of course.
 
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no, what do these books imply about kaku?
That underneath his pop sci facade he has the technical ability to understand Suss and that they are not on different levels.
 
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In his list of references, Zwiebach includes at least four references to stuff by Susskind, three technical and one popular-level.
So it means Greene's love is more deep than Zwiebach's. Who is Susskind in love with?
 
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Maybe he just hates Stanford.
 
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'Getting back to the OP,
i was reading kaku's book beyond einstein and he kept talking about the beginning of string theory and we all know that susskind was instrumental in its foundation back in 70 yet kaku never mentioned him. he had numerous times to mention susskind but never did throughout the whole book.
Check out page 205 of Beyond Einstein (in the notes). It says,

"An earlier, cruder version of superstring theory, based on strips, was proposed by Leonard Susskind, then at Yeshiva University in New York, and H.B. Nielsen of the Neils Bohr Institute in Copenhagen as well as by Nambu himself."​
 
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Check out page 205 of Beyond Einstein (in the notes). It says,
"An earlier, cruder version of superstring theory, based on strips, was proposed by Leonard Susskind, then at Yeshiva University in New York, and H.B. Nielsen of the Neils Bohr Institute in Copenhagen as well as by Nambu himself."
Everyone loves Leonard.
 
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Oh wow, I had no idea kaku had actually authored a textbook..
I thought he was just one of those average pop sci misinformers :blushing:
Read his QFT text. You may go back to your original hypothesis.
 
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Read his QFT text. You may go back to your original hypothesis.
If I find a copy of it lying about I'll be sure to pick it up :rolleyes:
 

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