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1 Lecture 1: Overview and Motivation
1.1 Supersymmetry
1.2 Basic Ideas of String Theory
1.3 A Brief History of String Theory
1.4 Compactification
1.5 Perturbation Theory
1.6 The Second Superstring Revolution
1.7 The Origins of Gauge Symmetry
1.8 Conclusion
2 Lecture 2: String Theory Basics
2.1 World-Line Description of a Point Particle
2.2 World-Volume Actions
2.3 Boundary Conditions
2.4 Quantization
2.5 The Free String Spectrum
2.6 The Number of Physical States
2.7 The Structure of String Perturbation Theory
2.8 Recapitulation
3 Lecture 3: Superstrings
3.1 The Gauge-Fixed Theory
3.2 The R and NS Sectors
3.3 The GSO Projection
3.4 Type II Superstrings
3.5 Anomalies
3.6 Heterotic Strings
3.7 T Duality
4 Lecture 4: From Superstrings to M Theory
4.1 M Theory
4.2 Type II p-branes
4.3 Type IIB Superstring Theory
4.4 The D3-Brane and N = 4 Gauge Theory
4.5 Conclusion
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