The Strangest Numbers in String Theory

John Baez and John Huerta

May 1, 2011

Ever wonder why superstrings like to live in 10 dimensions? One reason is an 8-dimensional number system called the octonions:

If you want to see how the Scientific American editing transformed our original manuscript with top-notch editing but also added more of a pro-string-theory slant, you can compare the original.

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