books about string theory

This page lists literature on string theory.

(See also at string theory FAQ.)


Mathematically inclined monographs about string theory

There is to date no textbook on string theory genuinely digestible by the standard pure mathematician. Even those that claim to be are not, as experience shows. But here are some books that make a strong effort to go beyond the vagueness of the “mainstream” books, which are listed further below.

Mainstream physics monographs

More elementary

  • Barton Zwiebach, A first course in string theory, Cambridge University Press (2009)

  • Katrin Becker, Melanie Becker, John Schwarz, String theory and M-theory: a modern introduction, Cambridge University Press (2006)

  • Elias Kiritsis, String theory in a nutshell, Princeton UP 2007, 608 pp. (description); 1998 early version Introduction to superstring theory (244 pp) is available as hep-th/9709062

  • Michael Dine, Supersymmetry and string theory: beyond the standard model, Cambridge University Press 2006, 2007

More advanced

Physics lecture notes

  • Brian Greene, The elegant universe: superstrings, hidden dimensions, and the quest for the ultimate theory

  • Michio Kaku, various volumes

  • video and slides of Witten’s KITP overview Future of String Theory

Big mathematically inclined surveys


  • Andrea Cappelli, Elena Castellani, Filippo Colomo, Paolo Di Vecchia (eds.), The Birth of String Theory Cambridge University Press (2012). (additional material, publisher webpage)

Other lists of bibliography

category: reference

Revised on January 27, 2014 15:15:52 by Urs Schreiber (