9 Acknowledgements

Some of the material covered in this review is based on the PhD thesis World Volume Approach to String Theory defended by the author under the supervision of Prof. J. Gomis at the University of Barcelona in May 2000. JS would like to thank his PhD advisor J. Gomis for introducing him to this subject, to P. K. Townsend for sharing his extensive knowledge on many topics reviewed here, and to F. Brandt, K. Kamimura, O. Lunin, D. Mateos, A. Ramallo and J. M. Figueroa-O’Farrill for discussions and collaboration on part of the material reported in this work. The work of JS was partially supported by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council [grant number EP/G007985/1].

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