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String Theory links
A nice but rather technical free introduction to the physics of string
theory, including many links to related domains, and with some highly
knowledgeable contributors.
This site is the most active string theory site for the layman. It has tons
of very useful information that is related in one way or another to string
theory. The forum is an excellent place for string theory discussions, although
it is plagued by crackpots and knowitalls. The site contains rare and
interesting material that almost justifies its name.
John Schwartz was one of the first to realize that string theory could be
a viable theory of quantum gravity. On his Caltech site he explains string
theory at a level that might be understandable to grad students in physics.
It goes without saying he is one of the leading experts in the field, and
he gives a nice, concise introduction to the main physical ideas.
The ENS in a Paris profits from an excellent summary (in French) by an
enthousastic former student of the subject.
List of blogs by (and mostly for) experts
List of shorter introductions by experts
Lists of other, related links
 The
Yahoo directory on strings includes a lot of useful links and a
democratic chunk of junk.
 A generally effective method is to skim through the Superstring Directory
of all the main search engines (including Google, Yahoo, Altavista)..
General Relativity and Black Hole links
Andrew Hamilton's Homepage
This professional site is a useful entry point into sites on the
web related to Black Holes. I gladly made use of excellent pictures provided
by this expert.
There are many more excellent sites on General Relativity and Black Holes
that are not too difficult to find.
Links recommended by readers
On Relativity
Books
Gamov 
Mr. Thompson 
Fantastic tales of the strange world of relativity and quantum
mechanics 
Richard Feynman 
QED 
Amazingly simple introduction to the first component of the Standard
Model, electromagnetism. 
Gerard 't Hooft 
Bouwstenen van de Schepping (Dutch) 
Excellent explanation of the secrets of the Standard Model by a
modest genius. 
 
Quarks 
Thorough introduction into the strongly interacting particles of
the Standard Model 
Stephen Hawking 
A Brief History of Time 
Excellent introduction to aspects of special and general relativity.

Alan Guth 
 
Readable introduction to the theory of inflation 
Brian Greene 
The Elegant Universe 
A bestseller, and rightly so. 
Jacques Bricquemont and Alain Sokal 
Impostures Intellectuelles (French) 
For those still looking for arguments to counter the postmodernists.

Roger Penrose 
The Emperor's New Mind 
Controversial attempt to interpret physics in a broader framework

Abraham Pais 
Subtle is the Lord 
Superb biography of the most successful physicist ever. 
Richard Feynman 
Surely, you're joking Mr. Feynman ? 
Entertaining anecdotes from the interesting life of Richard Feynman

TECHNICAL BOOKS 
MATHEMATICS AND PHYSICS 
To be able to read the technical books, the reader
should acquaint herself first with the mathematics of Linear Algebra,
Differential Equations, Hilbert spaces, Differential Geometry, etcetera.
These are standard subjects in mathematics on which a zillion bad
and good books can be found.
A rudimentary knowledge of the physics of Electromagnetism, Classical
Mechanics, Waves and Optics, Quantum Mechanics, etcetera, will likewise
be necessary to read the following books.
It is possible to learn these fields systematically, or to learn them
"on the go". When you try to read one of the books below, and fail
miserably, write down the terms you don't understand and try to find
the appropriate more elementary math or phys book that explains them.
Of course, a school might do a lot of that difficult work for you.

STANDARD MODEL, QUANTUM FIELD THEORY 
Peskin and Schroeder 
QFT 
Standard reference in the nineties and zeroes 
Weinberg 
The quantum theory of fields I, II, III 
More axioms and indices than needed for the student, but extremely
useful systematic reference. 
Mandl and Shaw 
QFT 
Elementary QFT 
Bjorken and Drell 
QFT 
Older textbook, still useful 
GENERAL RELATIVITY AND COSMOLOGY 
Wald 
GR 
Classic textbook 
Weinberg 
GR and C 
Classic textbook 
Misner, Thorne and Wheeler 
GR 
Classic textbook 
Carroll 
Lectures on GR 
Excellent lectures, free on the web  look also at other papers
by the same author. 
STRING THEORY 
Green, Schwarz, Witten 
Superstring theory I, II 
Excellent textbook from the eighties. 
Joe Polchinski 
String theory I, II 
More up to date, complementary to GSW. 
Barton Zwiebach 
A First Course in String Theory 
A pedagogical book by an excellent physicist and teacher, suited
for advanced undergraduate and grad students. 
