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What do you recommend to read first, Supergravity by Freedman or A First Course in String Theory by Zweibach?
For future consideration.
For future consideration.
Eventually I would like to find out if possible what are M- and F-theory.dextercioby said:What is your goal?
To tell you the truth I never get it correct words with i and e together, also friend receive etc.dextercioby said:It is Zwiebach, not Zweibach. I didn't go through his book in detail, but I thought he was gentle on a very difficult topic. A book going deep in SuGra is one thing, a book going midway into Strings is another. You needn't deep know-how in SuGra to understand everything there is to know of strings. So I would simply let you choose one direction.
Here's my list of recommendations (that book and some lecture notes) with a common name (former I presume) prof. van Proeyen from KUL. "The tools for supersymmetry" is a must (it should be somehow still contained in the intro to his SuGra book).
That is a very small (albeit helpful) part of his reply. What did you think about the rest of his reply?MathematicalPhysicist said:To tell you the truth I never get it correct words with i and e together, also friend receive etc.
I was sure it was Zweibach... thanks for the correction.
It's a pity there's no auto-correction for last names.
I guess I'll try Zwiebach (is it now correct?) first.berkeman said:That is a very small (albeit helpful) part of his reply. What did you think about the rest of his reply?
Then start with Zwiebach.MathematicalPhysicist said:Eventually I would like to find out if possible what are M- and F-theory.
Do you refer to GWS and Polichinski's? yes they are on my list of reading after Zweibach, First GWS and then Polichinski's.haushofer said:SUGRA is a topic on its own. If you're interested in strings, then I'd start with Zwiebach, but be aware that other string texts have much, much steeper learning curves.
For example. I used GSW with Tong's notes, which are excellent. GSW contains no CFT, which is covered by Tong in a compact and concise way. I never understood what people like about Polchinski.MathematicalPhysicist said:Do you refer to GWS and Polichinski's? yes they are on my list of reading after Zweibach, First GWS and then Polichinski's.
But not in the near future that's for sure.
Patience is a virtue...
My first reaction was that it cannot be true, but then I checked and realized that you are essentially right.haushofer said:GSW contains no CFT
Are you tired, drunk or just in a hurry?MathematicalPhysicist said:Theres CFT iin the Di Frachneskk and it mat tale quute a long time tead them at alkm i.e Di Frachenso er al monumental book.
Why not both?! it's not mutually exclusive.Demystifier said:Are you tired, drunk or just in a hurry?
Why do you think he exluded that option?! He said "or" not "xor".MathematicalPhysicist said:Why not both?! it's not mutually exclusive.
Or maybe Xor when the "or" has disjoint disjuncts.martinbn said:Why do you think he exluded that option?! He said "or" not "xor".
I was more tired as I haven't slept for a few weeks, from too work and studying.MathematicalPhysicist said:All of the above...:-
Why not both?! it's not mutually exclusive.
Supergravity and String Theory are both theories that attempt to unify the fundamental forces of nature. However, Supergravity is a classical theory that describes gravity as a supersymmetric extension of Einstein's theory of general relativity, while String Theory is a quantum theory that describes gravity as the result of tiny strings vibrating in multiple dimensions.
Both Supergravity by Freedman and A First Course in String Theory by Zweibach are introductory texts, but A First Course in String Theory may be more suitable for beginners as it provides a more thorough introduction to the basics of string theory and its mathematical framework.
While some background in physics, particularly classical mechanics and quantum mechanics, may be helpful in understanding the concepts presented in Supergravity and A First Course in String Theory, both books are written in a way that is accessible to readers with little to no prior knowledge of physics.
Supergravity and A First Course in String Theory both assume a basic understanding of mathematics, including calculus and linear algebra. Some familiarity with quantum mechanics may also be helpful, but is not necessary.
Supergravity and A First Course in String Theory cover different aspects of theoretical physics, with Supergravity focusing on classical gravity and A First Course in String Theory focusing on quantum gravity. Therefore, it is difficult to compare the comprehensiveness of the two books as they cover different topics within the field of theoretical physics.