String Theory: Summary Review

This is a summary review of String Theory containing key details about the book.

What is String Theory About?

"String Theory: David Foster Wallace on Tennis" by David Foster Wallace is a collection of essays and journalism pieces by the late author, in which he reflects on the sport of tennis and its players.

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String Theory is about the author's legendary writings on tennis, five tour-de-force pieces written with a competitor's insight and a fan's obsessive enthusiasm. He brings his dazzling literary magic to the game he loved as he celebrates the other-worldly genius of Roger Federer; offers a wickedly witty disection of Tracy Austin's memoir; considers the artistry of Michael Joyce, a supremely disciplined athlete on the threshold of fame; resists the crush of commerce at the U.S. Open; and recalls his own career as a "near-great" junior player.

Summary Points & Takeaways from String Theory

Some key summary points and takeaways from the book include:

* A love for tennis: The author's passion for tennis shines through in his writing, as he takes readers through the world of tennis, from its history and rules to its players and techniques.

* An exploration of tennis as a metaphor: The author uses tennis as a metaphor for a wide range of themes and ideas, including competition, the struggle for mastery, and the meaning of life.

* A celebration of individuality: The author pays tribute to the unique personalities of tennis players, and how they express themselves on the court.

* A look at the mental aspect of tennis: The author explores the mental challenges faced by tennis players, including self-doubt, pressure, and the fear of failure.

* A critique of the sport's commercialization: The author criticizes the commercialization of tennis, and the way that money and celebrity have changed the sport.

* An appreciation for the beauty of the game: The author marvels at the beauty of tennis, and the way that players move and hit the ball.

* Overall, "String Theory" is a fascinating and insightful collection of essays and journalism pieces by one of the most innovative writers of our time. The author's passion for tennis and his unique perspective on the sport make for a thought-provoking and entertaining read.

Who is the author of String Theory?

David Foster Wallace was an American author of novels, short stories and essays, and a university professor of English and creative writing. Wallace is widely known for his 1996 novel Infinite Jest, which Time magazine cited as one of the 100 best English-language novels from 1923 to 2005.

Book details

  • Print length: 138 pages
  • Genre: Nonfiction, Sports, Essays

What are the chapters in String Theory?

Chapter 1 The Classical Bosonic String
Chapter 2 The Quantized Bosonic String
Chapter 3 Introduction to Conformal Field Theory
Chapter 4 Parametrization Ghosts and BRST Quantization
Chapter 5 String Perturbation Theory and OneLoop Amplitudes
Chapter 6 The Classical Fermionic String
Chapter 7 The Quantized Fermionic String
Chapter 8 Superstrings
Chapter 9 Toroidal Compactifications 10Dimensional Heterotic String
Chapter 10 Conformal Field Theory II Lattices and KačMoody Algebras
Chapter 11 Conformal Field Theory III Superconformal Field Theory
Chapter 12 Covariant Vertex Operators BRST and Covariant Lattices
Chapter 13 String Compactifications
Chapter 14 CFTs for Type II and Heterotic String Vacua
Chapter 15 String Scattering Amplitudes and Low Energy Effective Field Theory
Chapter 16 Compactifications of the Type II Superstring with Dbranes and Fluxes
Chapter 17 String Dualities and MTheory

What do critics say?

Here's what one of the prominent reviewers had to say about the book: “This book has nothing to do with physics, but its title will make you look super smart if you’re reading it on a train or plane.” — Bill Gates

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