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A First Course in String Theory

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An accessible introduction to string theory, this book provides a detailed and self-contained demonstration of the main concepts involved. The first part deals with basic ideas, reviewing special relativity and electromagnetism while introducing the concept of extra dimensions. D-branes and the classical dynamics of relativistic strings are discussed next, and the quantiza ...more
Hardcover, 578 pages
Published June 28th 2004 by Cambridge University Press (first published January 1st 2004)
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Brent Werness
Aug 09, 2014 Brent Werness rated it really liked it
A good attempt at a very difficult problem: to present string theory in a way that is accessible to people with only an undergraduate understanding of quantum mechanics. It succeeds quite well in this task and it allows the (sufficiently dedicated) reader to gain an understanding of some of the mathematics as well as the origin of the excitement behind the theory. By its nature, it cannot cover any of the most exciting recent work, but this should not be held against it. If you took quantum mech ...more
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Zwiebach's descriptions are concise and backed up by tonnes of detail. This is the kind of book that gets me to say things like; oh hell yeah, String Theory! As for the mathematical difficulty, Zwiebach's book is pretty self-contained.

However, this is an extremely difficult topic to tackle. I really feel that Quantum Field Theory is absolutely essential to understand string theory; this is how the theory was first developed. You really need to understand such things as BRST invariance and path i
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