S-Matrix Theory and String Theory

Lately I’ve been interested in the history of String Theory. How it first was conceived, the big names that started it all and of course the any anecdote that can make everything more juicy.

As I understand, the first step is to take a look at S-Matrix Theory. Following are some links that can be helpful on this matter:

https://www.quora.com/How-did-string-theory-begin

https://ncatlab.org/nlab/show/S-matrix

https://www.quora.com/What-is-S-matrix-theory-and-what-was-its-role-in-the-development-of-modern-physics

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/S-matrix_theory

http://physics.stackexchange.com/questions/32818/phd-research-areas-in-string-theory?lq=1

Plus, Ron Maimon seems to have good recommendations on how to approach this.

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