Skip to main content Accessibility help
String Theory
  • Get access
    Check if you have access via personal or institutional login
  • Cited by 13
  • Cited by
    This book has been cited by the following publications. This list is generated based on data provided by CrossRef.

    Morrison, David R. 2001. Mathematics Unlimited — 2001 and Beyond. p. 899.

    Bern, Zvi 2002. Perturbative Quantum Gravity and its Relation to Gauge Theory. Living Reviews in Relativity, Vol. 5, Issue. 1,

    Niedermaier, Max and Reuter, Martin 2006. The Asymptotic Safety Scenario in Quantum Gravity. Living Reviews in Relativity, Vol. 9, Issue. 1,

    Emparan, Roberto and Reall, Harvey S. 2008. Black Holes in Higher Dimensions. Living Reviews in Relativity, Vol. 11, Issue. 1,

    Maartens, Roy and Koyama, Kazuya 2010. Brane-World Gravity. Living Reviews in Relativity, Vol. 13, Issue. 1,

    Simón, Joan 2012. Brane Effective Actions, Kappa-Symmetry and Applications. Living Reviews in Relativity, Vol. 15, Issue. 1,

    Compère, Geoffrey 2012. The Kerr/CFT Correspondence and its Extensions. Living Reviews in Relativity, Vol. 15, Issue. 1,

    Yunes, Nicolás and Siemens, Xavier 2013. Gravitational-Wave Tests of General Relativity with Ground-Based Detectors and Pulsar-Timing Arrays. Living Reviews in Relativity, Vol. 16, Issue. 1,

    Gair, Jonathan R. Vallisneri, Michele Larson, Shane L. and Baker, John G. 2013. Testing General Relativity with Low-Frequency, Space-Based Gravitational-Wave Detectors. Living Reviews in Relativity, Vol. 16, Issue. 1,

    Белавин, Александр Абрамович Belavin, Aleksandr Abramovich Сподынейко, Лев Александрович and Spodyneiko, Lev Alexandrovich 2015. Пространственно-временная суперсимметрия в десятимерной теории струн в подходе Гепнера. Теоретическая и математическая физика, Vol. 185, Issue. 2, p. 329.

    McIntyre, Dan 2015. Towards an integrated corpus stylistics. Topics in Linguistics, Vol. 16, Issue. 1, p. 59.

    Adhya, Souvik Priyam 2017. Astrophysical Aspects of Neutrino Dynamics in Ultradegenerate Quark Gluon Plasma. Advances in High Energy Physics, Vol. 2017, Issue. , p. 1.

    Uvarov, D V 2018. Massless spinning particle and null-string on AdS d : projective-space approach. Journal of Physics A: Mathematical and Theoretical, Vol. 51, Issue. 28, p. 285402.

  • Volume 1: An Introduction to the Bosonic String
  • Joseph Polchinski, University of California, Santa Barbara
  • Export citation
  • Recommend to librarian
  • Recommend this book

    Email your librarian or administrator to recommend adding this book to your organisation's collection.

    String Theory
    • Online ISBN: 9780511816079
    • Book DOI:
    Please enter your name
    Please enter a valid email address
    Who would you like to send this to *
  • Buy the print book

Book description

String Theory comprises two volumes which give a comprehensive and pedagogic account of the subject. Volume 1, first published in 1998, provides a thorough introduction to the bosonic string. The first four chapters introduce the central ideas of string theory, the tools of conformal field theory and of the Polyakov path integral, and the covariant quantization of the string. The next three chapters treat string interactions: the general formalism, and detailed treatments of the tree level and one loop amplitudes. Chapter eight covers toroidal compactification and many important aspects of string physics, such as T-duality and D-branes. Chapter nine treats higher-order amplitudes, including an analysis of their finiteness and unitarity, and various nonperturbative ideas. An appendix giving a short course on path integral methods is included. This is an essential text and reference for graduate students and researchers interested in modern superstring theory.


'… this is an impressive book. It is notable for its consistent line of development and the clarity and insight with which topics are treated … It is hard to think of a better text in an advanced graduate area, and it is rare to have one written by a master of the subject. It is worth pointing out that the book also contains a collection of useful problems, a glossary, and an unusually complete index.'

Source: Physics Today

'… the most comprehensive text addressing the discoveries of the superstring revolutions of the early to mid 1990s, which mark the beginnings of 'modern' string theory.'

Donald Marolf Source: American Journal of Physics

'Physicists believe that the best hope for a fundamental theory of nature - including unification of quantum mechanics with general relativity and elementary particle theory - lies in string theory. This elegant mathematical physics subject is expounded by Joseph Polchinski in two volumes from Cambridge University Press … Written for advanced students and researchers, this set provides thorough and up-to-date knowledge.'

Source: American Scientist

'We would like to stress the pedagogical value of the present book. The approach taken is modern and pleasantly systematic, and it covers a broad class of results in a unified language. A set of exercises at the end of each chapter complements the discussions in the main text. On the other hand, the introduction of techniques and concepts essential in the context of superstrings makes it a useful reference for researchers in the field.'

Source: Mathematical Reviews

'It amply fulfils the need to inspire future string theorists on their long slog and is destined to become a classic. It is a truly exciting enterprise and one hugely served by this magnificent book.'

David Bailin Source: The Times Higher Education Supplement

Refine List

Actions for selected content:

Select all | Deselect all
  • View selected items
  • Export citations
  • Download PDF (zip)
  • Send to Kindle
  • Send to Dropbox
  • Send to Google Drive
  • Send content to

    To send content items to your account, please confirm that you agree to abide by our usage policies. If this is the first time you use this feature, you will be asked to authorise Cambridge Core to connect with your account. Find out more about sending content to .

    To send content items to your Kindle, first ensure is added to your Approved Personal Document E-mail List under your Personal Document Settings on the Manage Your Content and Devices page of your Amazon account. Then enter the ‘name’ part of your Kindle email address below. Find out more about sending to your Kindle.

    Note you can select to send to either the or variations. ‘’ emails are free but can only be sent to your device when it is connected to wi-fi. ‘’ emails can be delivered even when you are not connected to wi-fi, but note that service fees apply.

    Find out more about the Kindle Personal Document Service.

    Please be advised that item(s) you selected are not available.
    You are about to send

Save Search

You can save your searches here and later view and run them again in "My saved searches".

Please provide a title, maximum of 40 characters.



Altmetric attention score

Full text views

Total number of HTML views: 0
Total number of PDF views: 0 *
Loading metrics...

Book summary page views

Total views: 0 *
Loading metrics...

* Views captured on Cambridge Core between #date#. This data will be updated every 24 hours.

Usage data cannot currently be displayed