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## Revision as of 20:21, 10 April 2007

see also Colloquia, Conformal Field Theory

## Contents

### books

**String Theory**

**Volume 1: An Introduction to the Bosonic String**

**Volume 2: Superstring Theory and Beyond**

by Joe Polchinski (two volumes, CUP, 1998, errata)

This book addresses the discoveries of the
superstring revolutions of the early to mid 1990s, which mark the
beginnings of modern string theory. Volume 1 quantises the
bosonic string and uses this setting to introduce T-duality and
D-branes without the complications of fermions. The first three chapters of volume 2
introduce superstrings, but quickly move beyond. The rest of
the second book provides an introduction to nearly all modern string
topics pre-dating the AdS/CFT duality. In particular, it includes D-branes,
Orbifolds, Black Hole Entropy, and Mirror symmetry.

Some of the errata were corrected in the reprinting in 2000.

**Superstring Theory**

**Volume 1: Introduction**

**Volume 2: Loop Amplitudes, Anomalies and Phenomenology**

by Michael Green, John Schwarz and Edward Witten (two volumes, CUP, 1988)

Volume 1 is the first of a classic two-volume string text by founders in the field. Though there are now many more modern
texts, it containing many details that more recent texts
must skim through to discuss modern topics. Volume 1 is concerned mainly with the free string, though it treats both bosonic and supersymmetric versions. Volume 2 addresses the details of loop
calculations, but also discusses low-energy effective theories (in particular, supergravity) and compactifications (especially on Calabi-Yau manifolds).

**String Theory and M-Theory**

by Katrin Becker, Melanie Becker and John Schwarz (CUP, 2006)

**A First Course in String Theory**

by Barton Zwiebach, (CUP, 2003)

This book is intended for the advanced undergraduate or beginning graduate level. No familiarity with quantum field theory is assumed (although Zwiebach does assume a working knowledge of quantum mechanics). It focuses on the study of single
strings and their interactions, which can be understood in some
detail. Of necessity, however, it is impossible to address many
advanced topics.

**Supersymmetry and String Theory: Beyond the Standard Model**

by Michael Dine (CUP, 2007)

**Gravity and Strings**

by Tom