Jarvis Caroll, University of Tasmania
Dr. Johanna Knapp, The University of Melbourne
String theory is a physical theory that unifies the known fundamental forces of nature at the quantum level. Point particles are replaced by fundamental strings. This concept has far reaching consequences, including extra dimensions, “stringy” dualities, and intricate mathematical structures. This course will cover the basic concepts and is intended to provide the foundations for further (self-)study and research projects in string theory. The course aims to be mostly self-contained and should be suitable also for students who do not necessarily have a background in physics.
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Dr. Johanna Knapp
The University of Melbourne
Johanna Knapp is a Lecturer in Mathematical Physics at the University of Melbourne. She got her PhD in Theoretical Physics in Vienna in 2007 and then moved to postdoc positions at the Max-Planck-Institute for Physics in Munich and the University of Tokyo. Before joining the University of Melbourne in 2017 she has held senior postdoc (comparable to Lecturer) positions at the Vienna University of Technology and the University of Vienna.