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Was Super String theory specifically designed to explain singularities?

  1. Jul 19, 2011 #1
    Was Super String theory (theory that attempts to unite General Relativity and the Standard Model of particle physics) specifically designed to explain singularities; ie: phenomena such as black holes and the big bang? Does all other phenomena obey, and can be explained, by either classical physics or quantum mechanics, but not both?

    For example, we shouldn't need quantum mechanics to explain the motion of a macroscopic ball traveling through the air on earth just as we shouldn't need classical physics to explain the sub atomic particles of the atoms in the ball; but we should need super string theory to explain how that ball might be compressed so far that it becomes a black hole?

    I'm a layman not a mathematician so be careful, a relatively simple answer/explanation should be fine.
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  3. Jul 20, 2011 #2


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    No, this is not what string theory has been designed for.
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