Some 20 years ago, matrix models such as the
Ishibashi-Kawai-Kitazawa-Tsuchiya (IKKT) model and the
Banks-Fischler-Shenker-Susskind (BFSS) model were proposed
as constructive definitions of string- and M- theory,
respectively. These are maximally supersymmetric
multi-matrix models of Yang-Mills type, which generalize
the more conventional random matrix models which played an
important role in many contexts such as two-dimensional
gravity, combinatorics and quantum chaos. These models
share many of the rich aspects of string theory, and
provide a non-perturbative and constructive framework.
However these and similar models are also of interest from
a broader perspective.
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