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Superstring theory is inspiring practical applications

Yoichiro Nambu, American physicist and Nobel laureate

TOKYO   Superstring theory may one day provide fundamental insights into the origin of the universe and even prove to be the elusive "theory of everything," unifying the two great theories of modern physics. Physicists also have high hopes for its potential applications, helping elucidate physical phenomena such as superconductivity and quantum computing.

     Yoichiro Nambu, the late Japanese-born American physicist and Nobel laureate, was one of the pioneers of superstring theory. Today, a number of young Japanese physicists are doing promising research using the theory.

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