What is the best review article, published in a peer-reviewed journal, introducing string theory?
The field is so big that a review article off the whole field doesn't cut it anymore. What level are you looking for? You're probably better off using the standard books like Polchinski, Becker Becker Schwarz, Zwiebach, Green Green Witten.
In addition to the books xepma recommends, David Tong's and Angel Uranga's free online notes are also useful.
An introductory broad overview
Maybe Mohaupt's http://arxiv.org/abs/hep-th/0207249
It's a bit old now, but in the spirit of
Otherwise, today I'll vote for
but I guess even mood is a factor.
I would vote for it too.
I miss some extra detail on the roles of the string coupling constant, both in the 10 D and in the compactified theory.
It is true it is not a peer-reviewed review, but a set of lecture notes.
There is also a book almost identical to these lectures. (The book contains one additional, but rather irrelevant, chapter).
My favored books are
Zwiebach for a beginner and
M. Kaku, Introduction to Superstrings and M-theory, for an advanced reader
And I don't like Polchinski's book. :uhh:
I haven't looked at this Kaku book, but I don't like his quantum field theory book. Have you looked at the book by Becker, Becker, and Schwarz?
Well, I do. That probably means that you wouldn't like his string book either.
Yes. In my opinion, the quality of the book significantly varies from chapter to chapter (which probably means that different chapters were written dominantly by different authors).
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