The Birth of String Theory

May, 18 2007 - May, 19 2007

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Andrea Cappelli (INFN and Dept. of Physics, Florence) Elena Castellani (Dept. of Philosophy, Florence) Filippo Colomo (INFN and Dept. of Physics, Florence) Paolo Di Vecchia (Nordita, Copenhagen)

The Interdisciplinary Seminar on Philosophy and Physics is pleased to announce the two-day meeting on "The Birth of String Theory" taking place in Florence, Italy, on May 18-19, 2007. This event will be in connection with the program: "String and M theory approaches to particle physics and cosmology" to be held at the Galileo Galilei Institute of Theoretical Physics, Arcetri, Florence, from March 19, to June 22, 2007. In the two-day meeting, we shall go back to the birth of String Theory and recollect and discuss the ideas used at that time that led to the discovery and construction of the theory. We shall cover the period from the pre-history to the early developments, corresponding to the years 1967-1981 approximately. The event is aimed at telling and reviving a remarkable series of inventions in theoretical physics that gradually revealed the powerful features of the theory. Contributions will be at the level of physics colloquia, and address a broad public of colleagues and students in physics and history of physics.

May, 18 2007 - 09:40 M. Ademollo The prehistory of strings: from current algebra to the Veneziano formula Slides
May, 18 2007 - 11:00 G. Veneziano Dual Resonance Models: from Euler's Betafunction Slides
May, 18 2007 - 12:00 P. Di Vecchia The spectrum of physical states in the dual resonance model Slides
May, 18 2007 - 14:30 D. Fairlie The evaluation of String Amplitudes Slides
May, 18 2007 - 16:00 P. Ramond Supersymmetry and the String Dirac Equation Slides
May, 18 2007 - 17:10 A.Neveu Personal recollections of the first three years of string theory Slides
May, 19 2007 - 09:30 F. Gliozzi From GGRT to GSO through the Ademollo et al. Collaboration Slides
May, 19 2007 - 10:15 M. Green From the String to the Superstring Slides