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Friday, November 16, 2001
Physics Building, Room 204
Note special time.
[Host: P. Q. Hung]
University of Michigan
"A Layman's Guide To M-Theory"
Superunification of the fundamental interactions underwent a major
paradigm shift in 1984 when eleven-dimensional supergravity was
knocked off its pedestal by ten-dimensional superstrings. 1995
witnessed another shift of equal proportions, however, when
superstrings were themselves superseded by ``M-theory'', a
non-perturbative theory which describes extended objects with two dimensions
(supermembranes) and five dimensions (superfivebranes), which subsumes all
consistent string theories and whose low-energy limit is, ironically,
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