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Published October 10, 2010 | public
Journal Article

Status of Superstring and M-Theory


The first lecture gives a colloquium-level overview of string theory and M-theory. The second lecture surveys various attempts to construct a viable model of particle physics. A recently proposed approach, based on F-theory, is emphasized.

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© 2010 World Scientific Publishing Company. Received 7 September 2010. Lectures presented at the 46th Course of the International School of Subnuclear Physics - Predicted and Totally Unexpected in the Energy Frontier Opened by the LHC, Erice, Italy, 29 August-7 September 2008. I am grateful to the Ettore Majorana Foundation and Centre for Scientific Culture for its hospitality during this delightful school. This work was supported in part by the U.S. Department of Energy under Grant No. DE-FG03-92-ER40701.

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