Tuesday, January 13, 2009

String Theory Books

String theory is a difficult subject that is still evolving. As a field of study becomes more familiar and better understood, the books that are published about it start becoming addressed to a wider audience (professional → student → layperson). There are plenty of popular books on the subject, but IMHO the more relevant indication of a field's conceptual progress is the availability of undergraduate level texts (practitioner → graduate student → undergraduate student). String theory is starting to approach the advanced undergraduate level, as evidenced by these books in reverse chronological order:

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