Chern-Simons theory is a topological gauge field theory and play a prominent role in many brnaches of phyiscs and mathematics. On the physical side, it appears for example in three-dimensional theories of gravity, in the description of the fractional Quantum-Hall effect in condensed matter physics, as well as in high-energy and mathematical physics, like in string theory, holography and relations to conformal field theories. On the other hand, it has been studies by mathematicians, as it is deeply connected to knot invariants and three-dimensional topology.
Does anyone know some text, like a book or review, about the history of Chern-Simons theory? Chern-Simons theory was first defined (in its Abelian version) in a paper of Schwarz. However, afterwards the history is less clear to me and it seems to be very non-linear. Of course, one of the most import historical works are the works of Witten on Chern-Simons theory and knot theory, but there seems to be also many other works around the same time on this theory.
I am interested in the history of general Chern-Simons theory, both the classical and quantum case.