The long awaited F theory book finally set out

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Not cheap either. I hope it is at least printed on vellum.
 
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Not cheap either. I hope it is at least printed on vellum.
What is the vellum may I ask?
I see it's an electronic sort of type of book.

I much prefer the old paper book, you may call me a classic bloke!
 
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What is the vellum may I ask?
Lamb skin. Usually used for diplomas, original versions of treaties and constitutions, certificates, royal proclamations, medieval histories intended to last thousands of years, Dead Sea scrolls, etc.
 
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It's surprisingly well written. With books this advanced there is a tendency to be very terse, almost Bourbaki, accounts. The author of this book however provides a good deal of explanation and motivation I found.
 
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Great to hear! Maybe I can convince my local library to buy it.
 
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As an aside, did you notice the Amazon "Products Related to this Item?" An odd collection.

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As an aside, did you notice the Amazon "Products Related to this Item?" An odd collection.

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Not so strange if you think about it:

"Applied data science": it's now common for people to use machine learning to search through sections of the string landscape for vacua of interest. Indeed, the author of the F-theory book himself now works as a data scientist.

"Paper models": F-theory phenomenology requires Calabi-Yau four-folds, and paper models often require four folds (or more).

"Inventive toys": making simplified toy models is common in physics and F-theory is no exception, e.g. here they use machine learning to make a toy model from their four-fold.

"Fashion": we all know that theoretical physics is full of fads and fashions. (What do you think F stands for?)

"Strip canoe": for exploring where the landscape turns into the swampland.

But I agree that linking this to a work "for beginners" is rather odd.
 
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It's surprisingly well written. With books this advanced there is a tendency to be very terse, almost Bourbaki, accounts. The author of this book however provides a good deal of explanation and motivation I found.
I much prefer an encyclopedic book, than a short book which I need to add quite a lot to it by myself.

I bought the book, I'll read it in the future; interesting read that's for sure.
 
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Not so strange if you think about it:

"Applied data science": it's now common for people to use machine learning to search through sections of the string landscape for vacua of interest. Indeed, the author of the F-theory book himself now works as a data scientist.

"Paper models": F-theory phenomenology requires Calabi-Yau four-folds, and paper models often require four folds (or more).

"Inventive toys": making simplified toy models is common in physics and F-theory is no exception, e.g. here they use machine learning to make a toy model from their four-fold.

"Fashion": we all know that theoretical physics is full of fads and fashions. (What do you think F stands for?)

"Strip canoe": for exploring where the landscape turns into the swampland.

But I agree that linking this to a work "for beginners" is rather odd.
F stands for "father" "f*ck" etc, just like M theory stands for "Mother" "Mystery".
Together we have MF theory, you can second guess what this stands for... :oldbiggrin:
 
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For anyone curious about the book, but not enough to spend $100. The book was Jurke's dissertation. He makes a pdf copy available on his website https://benjaminjurke.com

It's at the bottom of the Academia & Research page under the Theses section.
 

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