This invaluable book provides a quick introduction to the rudiments of perturbative string theory and a detailed introduction to the more current topic of D-brane dynamics. The presentation is very pedagogical, with much of the technical detail streamlined. The rapid but highly coherent introduction to the subject is perhaps what distinguishes this book from other string theory or D-brane books. The material is based on mini-courses delivered by the author at various summer schools in theoretical high energy physics, so its actual level has been appropriately tested.
Historical Overview of String Theory; Classical String Theory; Quantization of the Bosonic String; Superstrings; Ramond-Ramond Charges and T-Duality; D-Branes and Gauge Theory; D-Brane Dynamics; Ramond-Ramond Couplings of D-Branes