Physics 250 - Introduction to String Theory I & II:
Fall 2003, Tue and Thu, 9:30 - 11:00 a.m., 430 Birge Hall.
Instructor: Petr Horava
Can string theory be taught in one semester? Yes! The trick is to focus on
the physics of D-branes (=spacetime defects specific to string theory), which
will allow us to first develop the basics of string
perturbation theory at a fairly elementary level, and then move on quickly to
very modern aspects of string theory, such as dualities between string vacua,
AdS/CFT correspondence, etc. As our primary textbook, we will use the
new book on
D-Branes by Clifford Johnson (more info on the book, such as the
errata, can be found
This book seems to be written exactly at the level appropriate for this type
of course, and we will test whether or not it can serve as a useful starting
point for learning about modern aspects of string theory.