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Dualities of fields and strings. (English) Zbl 1371.81213
Summary: Duality, the equivalence between seemingly distinct quantum systems, is a curious property that has been known for at least three quarters of a century. In the past two decades it has played a central role in mapping out the structure of theoretical physics. I discuss the unexpected connections that have been revealed among quantum field theories and string theories. Written for a special issue of Studies in History and Philosophy of Modern Physics.

MSC:
81T10 Model quantum field theories
81T30 String and superstring theories; other extended objects (e.g., branes) in quantum field theory
00A79 Physics
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