by David Tong
Publisher: University of Cambridge 2009
Number of pages: 216
These lecture notes provide a detailed introduction to the bosonic string and conformal field theory. The text is aimed at beginning graduate students. It assumes a working knowledge of quantum field theory and general relativity.
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