string theory


: a theory in physics: all elementary particles are manifestations of the vibrations of one-dimensional strings

Examples of string theory in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The type of string theory that Borcherds investigated can only be mathematically formulated in 25 spatial dimensions. Manon Bischoff, Scientific American, 5 Feb. 2024 In addition to the four familiar dimensions — three infinitely large spatial dimensions plus one of time — string theory suggests that there are six exceedingly tiny spatial dimensions. Steve Nadis, Quanta Magazine, 1 Feb. 2024 Some of the higher-dimensional spaces now called Calabi-Yau spaces proved fundamental to string theory. Pamela Weintraub, Discover Magazine, 28 June 2023 Beginning threads Like most revolutions, string theory had humble origins. Paul Sutter, Ars Technica, 27 Jan. 2023 The initiative allows people across different theoretical disciplines (from string theory to quantum gravity to mathematical physics) to communicate and collaborate. Swapna Krishna, WIRED, 28 Nov. 2023 To make his point, Oppenheim recently made a bet with Geoff Penington and Carlo Rovelli — leaders in their respective fields of string theory and loop quantum gravity. Thomas Lewton, Quanta Magazine, 10 July 2023 Before the facility turned on in 2008, some researchers had postulated that, if the fabric of spacetime had extra dimensions such as those hypothesized under string theory—a possible way to combine quantum physics and gravity into a single theory—a black hole could appear. Adam Mann, Scientific American, 14 Feb. 2023 So, what happens with these extra six spatial dimensions that string theory comes with? Steven Strogatz, Quanta Magazine, 26 July 2023 See More

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First Known Use

1973, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of string theory was in 1973

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“String theory.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Feb. 2024.

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