In this note we show that the Chern-Simons and the one-loop terms in the M-theory action can be written in terms of new characters involving the M-theory four-form and the string classes. This sheds a new light on the topological structure behind M-theory and suggests the construction of a theory of 'higher' characteristic classes.
- Anomalies in Field and String Theories
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- Nuclear and High Energy Physics