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PHYSICS 250 - 2009-10




Instructor:  

          John H. Schwarz
       
          JHS contact information: office - 456 Lauritsen;  phone - ext. 6642;
          email: - jhs@theory.caltech.edu; available by appointment


Teaching Assistant:

         Arthur Lipstein,  arthur@caltech.edu
         TA Office hours:  Tuesdays 3:00 - 5:00pm, 449 Lauritsen


                               String Theory Bibiliography

Textbook:

         K. Becker, M. Becker, and J. Schwarz, String Theory and M-Theory: A Modern Introduction, Cambridge University Press, 2007.
          BBS errata

Other References:

1. M. Green, J. Schwarz, and E. Witten, Superstring Theory in 2 volumes, Cambridge University Press, 1987.                

2. J. Polchinski, String Theory in 2 volumes, Cambridge University Press, 1998.

3. B. Zwiebach, A First Course in String Theory, Cambridge University Press, 2004 (2nd ed. 2008).

4. E. Kiritsis, String Theory in a Nutshell,  Princeton University Press, 2007.

5. M. Dine, Supersymmetry and String Theory, Cambridge University Press, 2007

                                

                          Other Information

       
If you haven't already learned quantum field theory and/or
general relativity you should take PH 205 (QFT) and/or PH 236 (GR).

Homework will be assigned weekly and will be due the following Thursday
(unless otherwise indicated). Generally, the problems will be taken from BBS.

You are welcome to collaborate in figuring out the problem solutions.
Some of them will be quite challenging. In my opinion it is good
experience to learn to work with others, because that is how research
is often done. However, I would like you to work independently in writing
up the solutions.

There will be no exams. The grading is pass -- fail. If you successfully
complete most of the homework and attend the classes you will pass.