@article{Schwarz1998FromST,
title={From superstrings to M theory},
author={John H. Schwarz},
journal={Physics Reports},
year={1998},
volume={315},
pages={107-121}
}

In this talk I will survey some of the basic facts about superstring theories in 10 dimensions and the dualities that relate them to M theory in 11 dimensions. Then I will mention some important unresolved issues.

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