*Edited 10/02/19 to update list of supplementary texts.

As a first entry it is worth mentioning that the following notes, which I will upload to this blog over time, are the product of my studies in string theory. Each entry generally contains detailed derivations, comments and explanations from my personal notebooks which I’ve organised and developed while teaching myself the subject (with guidance from my professor).

I should also like to add that the main structure on which my notes are based are primarily focused on reading Joseph Polchinski’s much celebrated two-volume text, “String Theory“. That is to say, Polchinski is my default in these notes – the scaffold on which my studies are based. But while reading Polchinski defines the essential structure to my notes – the defining site of my learning – I would also like to take a moment to direct the interested reader to the following supplementary texts (a list I may add to over time):

Katrin Becker, Melanie Becker, John H. Schwarz. (2006). “String Theory and M-Theory: A Modern Introduction”.

Michael Dine. (2007). “Supersymmetry and String Theory: Beyond the Standard Model”.

Michael B. Green, John H. Schwarz, and Edward Witten. (1987). “Superstring Theory”.

David Tong. (2009). “String Theory” [lecture notes].

Barton Zwiebach. (2004/2009). “A First Course in String Theory”.

Each one of these texts has also been and continues to be immensely valuable to me in learning string theory.

I am not an expert in string theory. Perhaps one day that may be the case. For now, I am merely a humble student of the subject. Having said that, my aim, generally, is to be pedagogical and thorough. My hope is that by sharing these notes another individual may find use in them in their own learning. This also means that, from time to time, I may even update whatever gets published here so as to ensure that what is presented is accurate and of good quality.

I close with one final comment. String theory is currently one of my favourite subjects, along with quantum field theory. To any readers who find interest, my hope is that you enjoy the maths and physics as much as I. Thanks.