Thursday, August 25, 2005

Marcos Mariňo's book

Figure 1: Marcos Mariňo likes similar T-shirts except that he admires the opposite side than the soldier on the picture - namely Gentlemen like Fidel Castro, Karl Marx, Che Guevara, Mao-Tse Tung, and the ideals of communism and general copulation. ;-) This did not prevent him from becoming a smart mathematical physicist.

Because I helped Peter Woit to promote his book, it may also be useful to mention that Marcos Mariňo has written another book that is probably much more meaningful, namely a book on Chern-Simons theory, matrix models, and topological strings:

It should be released in November or so (which means that it is already out). The previous book is about topological quantum field theory on four-manifolds:

In the new book, one should be able to learn all the relations between the matrix models, Chern-Simons theory in 3 dimensions and its "holographic" duality with topological string theory; and the implications for knot theory and the Gromov-Witten invariants.

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