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Why? The Long Wait Scales of Science: Little and Large Big Lessons of Physics SPACE AND TIME ARE CUT FROM THE SAME CLOTH SPACETIME IS DYNAMICAL THE WORLD IS DESCRIBED BY QUANTUM MECHANICS THE WORLD REALLY, HONESTLY, TRULY IS DESCRIBED BY QUANTUM MECHANICS NATURE LIKES SYMMETRIES THE UNIVERSE WAS YOUNG, SMOOTH AND HOT, BUT IS NOW OLD, COLD AND WRINKLY DIFFERENT CAN BE THE SAME NATURE IS SMARTER THAN WE ARE The Truth Is Out There What? What Was String Theory? THE BIRTH THE NAMING CEREMONY THE WILDERNESS YEARS HARBINGERS OF GREAT JOY THE LIMELIGHT THE THEORY FORMERLY KNOWN AS STRINGS What Is String Theory? QUANTUM FIELD THEORY BY ANY OTHER NAME THE MISANTHROPIC LANDSCAPE FIFTY YEARS ON What For? Direct Experimental Evidence for String Theory Why Strings? Quantum Field Theory THE PROBLEM OF STRONG COUPLING THE ADS/CFT CORRESPONDENCE APPLICATIONS TO COLLISIONS OF HEAVY IONS APPLICATIONS TO CONDENSED MATTER PHYSICS Why Strings? Mathematics PEER RESPECT OF MONSTERS AND MOONSHINE MIRROR SYMMETRY CULTS IN PHYSICS Why Strings? Cosmology and Particle Physics EXTRA DIMENSIONS AND MODULI WHAT MAKES MODULI AND WHAT MODULI MAKE AXIONLIKE PARTICLES COSMIC MAGNETISM EXPERIMENTAL ENNUI Why Strings? Quantum Gravity COUNTING BLACK HOLES SINGULARITIES AND TOPOLOGY CHANGE THE ULTIMATE COLLIDER Who? A Thousand Flowers Blooming: Styles of Science THE REVOLUTIONARIES VORSPRUNG DURCH TECHNIK STOCKHOLM OR BUST THE MOST SUBLIME BRAHMINATE OF PRINCETON IL FAUT CULTIVER NOTRE JARDIN #EpicFail? Criticisms of String Theory Why String Theory? REASONS FOR SUCCESS RIVALS AND COMPETITORS PREDICTING THE FUTURE
Joseph Conlon is a professor of theoretical physics at the University of Oxford and a fellow and tutor in physics at New College. He has been a recipient of the student-nominated Outstanding Tutor award across physical and life sciences for his undergraduate teaching. He is a world-leading researcher on string theory and the author of over 50 scientific papers. He has also given over 100 seminar and conference talks worldwide. His research mainly focuses on phenomenological applications of string theory to particle physics and cosmology. Visit WhyStringTheory.com for more details about his work.