nLab 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.

See also

Mainstream physics monographs

More elementary

More advanced

More mathematical

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


Other lists of bibliography

category: reference

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