In the past few years there has been much study of random two-dimensional surfaces. These provide simple models of string theories with a few degrees of freedom, as well as toy models of quantum gravity. They have possible applications to the statistical mechanics of phase boundaries and to the development of an effective string description of QCD. Recently methods have been developed to treat these theories nonpertubatively, based on discrete triangulations of the surfaces that can be generated by simple matrix models. Exact solutions with a rich mathematical structure have emerged. All these matters are discussed fully in this book.
Publisher: World Scientific Publishing Co Pte Ltd
Number of pages: 350
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