What is String Theory?
by Joseph Polchinski
Publisher: arXiv 1994
Number of pages: 154
The first part is an introduction to conformal field theory and string perturbation theory. The second part deals with the search for a deeper answer to the question posed in the title. Contents: Conformal Field Theory; String Theory; Vacua and Dualities; String Field Theory or Not String Field Theory; Matrix Models.
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