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Posted: Aug 15 2007, 08:18 PM
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hey whats up guys i have been researching the m-theory which u guys have probably heard of before. Anyway whenever I try to look it up it is just too confusing . So i would really be greatfull if someone could help me understand thanks!
Posted: Aug 15 2007, 08:46 PM
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You came to the wrong place. Here, you'll get rants about why M-theory is a waste of time, a hand full of crackpot theories that claim scientists have it all wrong, and a couple psychopaths babbling nonsense. Try asking on physicsforums.com or www.bautforum.com.
FWIW, it is confusing. Quantum physics is apart from our everyday experience. String theory is a bigger jump from that. I've never seen an explanation of how manipulation of strings causes wavefunctions of QM to emerge, and it's probably incorrect to say that strings "are" the particles. OTOH, I think that saying strings are the computer on which the standard model runs as a program is going too far. But that's the idea of the difference in conceptual shift rather than saying "made from" as in smaller components.
So, unless you can already read bra-ket notation, do differential equations, and manifolds, you cannot even begin to "understand" m-theory. Lay explanations (limited metaphors) of QM are possible because you can be assumed to already know something about the behavior of classic waves and macroscopic particles and Newton's laws of motion. There is no lay explanation of M-theory that is meaningful in any sense, because it is yet another layer removed from experience.
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