# String and M-Theory: Answering the Critics

@article{Duff2013StringAM, title={String and M-Theory: Answering the Critics}, author={Michael J. Duff}, journal={Foundations of Physics}, year={2013}, volume={43}, pages={182-200} }

Using as a springboard a three-way debate between theoretical physicist Lee Smolin, philosopher of science Nancy Cartwright and myself, I address in layman’s terms the issues of why we need a unified theory of the fundamental interactions and why, in my opinion, string and M-theory currently offer the best hope. The focus will be on responding more generally to the various criticisms. I also describe the diverse application of string/M-theory techniques to other branches of physics and…

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