I never understood why supergravity $\mathcal N=8$, nor why the spin of a graviton is 2. I've been reading around but I still don't have a back-of-the-envolope understanding.
It would be great if someone can give me a reference (short enough!) which explains the (spinor) representation theory of the groups $SO(n,1)$ and $SO(n,2)$. I have searched through a few standard ...
I am in undergraduate quantum mechanics, and the TA made an off-hand comment that currently no one knows how to describe fundamental particles with spin > 1 without supersymmetry. I was curious and ...