While few people toss around terms like Astroparticle Physics and Superstring Theory, we've all found ourselves staring out in to space on a starry night wondering what's out there, why it's arranged the way it is, and where it all came from. For some, it simply comes down to strings.
This September 2, 2003 New York Times article does a good job of summarizing the history and specifics of string theory and the paradox of its many offerings (1). One-time egistration is required to access any New York Times articles. The next site is the homepage of the Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics at the University of California Santa Barbara and home to some of the most intense thinking with regards to theoretical physics in the world (2). Going from highly technical to more popularly palatable, NOVA offers the third site (3 ). Called, The Elegant Universe, the upcoming NOVA special is based on Columbia University professor Brian Greene's highly acclaimed book of the same title. As the site states, "Eleven dimensions, parallel universes, and a world made out of strings. It's not science fiction, it's string theory." The next site takes you directly to the virtual home of string theory (4 ). Here you will find the basics on the topic as well as what scientists have found so far and where they're headed next. Probably the most definitive site devoted to the topic. The fifth site is another informative look at superstring theory and is provided by John Pierre at MIT. While a very basic Web site, in terms of design, it offers a great tutorial on strings in addition to a glossary and reference list (5 ). The final link (6 ) will take you "Beyond Einstein, from the Big Bang to Black Holes." The site, provided by NASA, offers insights into the history and structure of the universe.