10 Interesting facts about String Theory

For anyone interested or curious to learn more about String Theory, whether for education, a hobby, research, or something more, here are 10 interesting aspects or facts to get started with.

  • 1. Otherwise known as the theory of everything, or superstring theory, string theory is the idea of tiny bits of one-dimensional vibrating energy called strings, that end up being the basic foundations for all matter and likewise gravity or the forces dealing with matter.
  • 2. This theory was the last big idea that Einstein was working on for the last two decades of his life.
  • 3. String theory first started getting discussed and developed in the late 1960’s and 1970’s.  It’s evolved from a single one-dimensional string, to a 3 dimensional membrane (or Brane), to further understandings and definitions.
  • 4. The order of string theory goes from atoms to electrons, neutrons, and protons, to quarks, leptons, muons, and tauons, and neutrinos and finally to strings, a small vibrating piece of energy.  If it moves one way, it’s a photon, another way a quark and so on.
  • 5. The size of a string is believed to be measured in a millionth of billionth of a billionth of a billionth of a centimeter.
  • 6. The idea of string theory gives a better understanding black holes, the idea of space time wormholes, and the big bang.
  • 7. The idea of string theory can predict from 11 to 26 dimensions, versus our commonly known 4, the three spatial ones and time.  The 11 dimension version are 10 spatial and one of time.
  • 8. Often connected with music from the harmonics perspective of vibrating strings, figuring out the appropriate properties becomes a matter of finding the appropriate rhythm.
  • 9. Some of the people involved with string theory include John Schwarz, Sir Michael Atiyah, Ed Witten, Jim Gates, Eva Silverstein, Juan Maldacena, and Brian Greene.
  • 10. Movies that include string theory include The Elegant Universe by NOVA, the drama called String Theory, and the Ted Talk, Brian Green, Making sense of string theory.

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