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I am an absolute beginner, with little to no knowledge on the subject but I have somehow developed a strong interest in theories like String theory and M-theory, by reading about them on other forums. So can you recommend me any farily accessible books or other materials that could help me understand these theories in-depth? Or do I have to extensively study other areas in physics before I am able to comprehend them, if so, what are those other topics?

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String theory is not an easy theory, and there's a reason it's not usually taught at undergraduate level. But if you really want to learn more about it, as far as I know, this is the standard textbook: A First Course in String Theory by Barton Zwiebach.

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    $\begingroup$ String theory is not a theory. It is a framework in which you build theories. Just like QFT is not a theory, the standard model is. $\endgroup$ – Dvij D.C. Jun 7 '20 at 4:00

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