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From Special Relativity to Feynman Diagrams: A Course of Theoretical Particle Physics for Beginners (UNITEXT) Paperback – September 28, 2011

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“This textbook covers, step-by-step, important topics in special relativity, relativistic dynamics, the equivalence principle and the Einstein equation … interaction and the S-matrix, divergent diagrams and renormalization. … They are all explained in a simple but mathematically rigorous way, and so this textbook provides a thorough grounding for students planning to enter research in theoretical physics. The goal here is to formulate the main contemporary concepts for a one-year course.” (Gert Roepstorff, Zentralblatt MATH, Vol. 1238, 2012)

“The aim of this textbook is to provide a path from classical, relativistic mechanics to QED. … the book provides an insightful discussion of classical physics … . It is very useful for lecturers who look for a bit of extra insight and material for a course on classical mechanics, and especially special relativity. It is also a great addition for curious students who feel somewhat unsatisfied with standard texts on these topics.” (Axel Maas, Mathematical Reviews, January, 2013)

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This books aims at filling a gap between the basics courses of classical and quantum mechanics and advanced courses of (relativistic) quantum mechanics and field theory. Particular emphasis is given to the role of symmetry in modern theoretical physics. For this reason this book is particularly suited to those students who are interested in a deeper knowledge of modern developments in elementary particle physics and relativity, even if they choose not to specialize in this branch of research. This target of readers includes, besides experimental and applied physicists, also those engineers who need advanced notions of theoretical high energy physics, in view of future research activity in the field theory approach to condensed matter, in accelerator physics and in all those modern technology sectors which require a more advanced and sophisticated theoretical physics background. Courses motivated by these objectives are present in several polytechnic institutes around the world. The last chapters of this book, in particular, are of particular importance to those engineers who plan to work in high energy physics research centres, like LHC at CERN, or to collaborate to experiments on the revelation of gravitational waves. As far as engineering is concerned, it is important to stress that elementary Special and General Relativity courses are often absent in their curricula.

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  • Series: UNITEXT
  • Paperback: 573 pages
  • Publisher: Springer; 2012 edition (September 27, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 8847015030
  • ISBN-13: 978-8847015036
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 1.3 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,335,450 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Yüksel Domanýç on July 24, 2013
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This is definitely an exceptional book covering most of the basic divisions of modern physics concisely yet in a stunningly deep and insightful fashion. I would never expect, and have never seen that so much of advanced topics could be gathered in a single moderate volume with such a depth. Chapters 1&2, covering the special relativity, is almost a masterpiece in itself. The conciseness does never prevent the authors from conveying to you their deep insight. Almost the same continues in their presentation of; Symmetry and Lie Groups, Lagrangian and Hamiltonian formalism, Electromagnetic field and its quantization, which is an early and basic introduction to quantum field theory, Non-relativistic and relativistic quantum mechanics and finally Quantum field theory. General Relativity is given a relatively short and passing touch, yet here also the presentation of the basic equivalence principle is unique. On my part, I have experienced the delight and satisfaction of finding answers to some questions bothered me for long times. Finally, arriving to a basic understanding, albeit at an introductory level, of what quantum field theory is, and why it is needed in the first place, is an exceptional joy in itself. Not a physicist by profession, this is sufficient for me. Others may built on and continue as far as they wish after persevering in the study of this book from start to the end.

Having covered almost all of foundations of modern physics with full definitions given from the scratch, the authors have created a body of text, which is very coherent in its flow and logic.
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4 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Shawn on November 23, 2013
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It is my honor to take the course of one of the authors, as can be expected from the experience of the course, the authors truely have very deep physical insight into this subject, and this book would serve as a very nice bridge to QFT after you have basic knowledge of quantum mechanics, classical mechanics, electrodynamics.
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