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**Sep 30, 2010 6:07 pm**Nautilidae wrote:twistor59 wrote:Nautilidae wrote:Bump/

Maybe you'd be interested in Zweibach's book

http://www.amazon.com/First-Course-String-Theory/dp/0521831431

Looks like a pretty good place to start. I have a copy, but haven't had time to read it yet - will maybe get to it by Christmas. I've had a skim through it and it seems to proceed with only undergrad level maths (a bit of vector/tensor analysis, calculus of variations... not much more).

Have you read it? I've been interested in that book for quite awhile.

Not yet, haven't had the time.

It starts off pretty basic, but gets to some reasonably meaty stuff (dualities, Ads/CFT) but without requiring too much on the heavy maths front. No need to be an expert in algebraic topology/differential geometry. It's quite expensive (don't think there's a paperback), but I think it's a good textbook to start with.

If you do go ahead, let me know and we can have a race through the exercises