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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:- String Theory Demystified

(2008), undergraduate/graduate

by David McMahon - String Theory in a Nutshell

(2007), graduate, errata

by Elias Kiritsis

- String Theory and M-Theory: A Modern Introduction

(2007), graduate

by Katrin Becker, Melanie Becker, & John H. Schwarz

- Supersymmetry and String Theory: Beyond the Standard Model

(2007), graduate/practitioner, errata

by Michael Dine

- An Introduction to String Theory and D-Brane Dynamics

(2004), graduate/practitioner

by Richard J. Szabo - A First Course in String Theory

(2004, 2nd Ed. in Feb 2009), undergraduate/graduate

by Barton Zwiebach

- D-Branes

(hardcover 2003, paperback 2006), practitioner, errata

by Clifford V. Johnson

- String Theory, Volume I: An Introduction to the Bosonic String

String Theory, Volume II: Superstring Theory and Beyond

(hardcover 1998, paperback 2005), graduate, errata for both volumes

by Joseph Polchinski

- Quantum Field Theory of Point Particles and Strings

(1998), graduate

by Brian Hatfield

- Supersymmetric Gauge Field Theory and String Theory

(1994), graduate/practitioner, errata

by D. Bailin & A. Love

- Introduction to Superstrings and M-Theory

(1988, 2nd Ed. 1999), practitioner

by Michio Kaku

- Superstring Theory: Volume I, Introduction

Superstring Theory: Volume 2, Loop Amplitudes, Anomalies and Phenomenology

(hardcover 1987, paperback 1988), graduate/practitioner

by Michael B. Green, John H. Schwarz, & Edward Witten

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