String Theory For Dummies
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String theory has gone through many name changes over the years. This list provides an at-a-glance look at some of the major names for different types of string theory. Some versions have more specific variations, which are shown as subentries. (These different variants are related in complex ways and sometimes overlap, so this breakdown into subentries is based on the order in which the theories developed.) Now if you hear these names, you’ll know they’re talking about string theory!

  • Bosonic string theory

  • Superstring theory (or Supersymmetric string theory)

    • Type I, Type IIA, Type IIB, Heterotic string theories (Type HE, Type HO)

  • M-theory

    • Matrix theory

  • Brane world scenarios

    • Randall-Sundrum models (or RS1 and RS2)

  • F-theory

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Andrew Zimmerman Jones received his physics degree and graduated with honors from Wabash College, where he earned the Harold Q. Fuller Prize in Physics. He is the Physics Guide for the New York Times' About.com Web site. Daniel Robbins received his PhD in physics from the University of Chicago and currently studies string theory and its implications at Texas A&M University.

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