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Gauge Theories in Particle Physics, Vol. 1: From Relativistic Quantum Mechanics to QED, 3rd Edition Paperback – September 1, 2002

ISBN-13: 978-0750308649 ISBN-10: 0750308648 Edition: 3rd Rev
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The third edition of volume 1 is a classic. All three editions are worth having …There are things that change and develop, as well as the inclusion of new material, as the editions appear. The clarity of exposition and the language of explanation get even better, as the editions appear. The insights, some added in the later editions, broaden and challenge one's understanding. Above all, the excitement that one gets by being guided through the advanced theoretical concepts by the authors is unique… The book focuses much more of its attention on understanding. It is this feature that makes Gauge Theories in Particle Physics so invaluable.
- Professor John Dainton FRS, University of Liverpool, UK
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…the authors have substantially enlarged the text to reflect developments both in university curricula and the field of particle physics.
- CERN COURIER

Reading the book of Aitchison and Hey one can see that the authors have taken a lot of pains … to be understandable by undergraduate students. We believe that the authors were successful in this aspect and their book is very suitable for later stages of undergraduate studies of students of theoretical physics with inclination to particle physics. However, it can still be useful also for graduate Ph.D. students and more educated scientists, who would like to be more familiar with some of the presented problems of particle physics.
- Stanislav Dubnicka, Acta Physica, Slovaca, 2003
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  • Paperback: 422 pages
  • Publisher: CRC Press; 3rd Rev edition (September 1, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0750308648
  • ISBN-13: 978-0750308649
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.2 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 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: #1,585,734 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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53 of 53 people found the following review helpful By smallphi on September 17, 2005
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The 3rd edition of that book clarified to a degree the fog left in my mind by a two-semester QFT course. The book is better suited for beginners than Peskin & Shroeder, Mandl & Show or Lahiri & Pal simply because it senses better the difficult points for beginners and tries to explain them at lower level. It focuses on the main concepts and doesn't try to `cover broad material in shortest time' or get into extreme computational technicalities totally irrelevant to beginners. The correct historical perspective of many ideas is given and the important historical papers are cited. The theory is frequently compared to the experimental results. Violin string is used as a prototype of a continuous system described by a classical field which is the first field quantized later. The book develops physical intuition showing how a scattering process can be analyzed in full QED (all fields are operators), in semiclassical approximation (all fields are operators except the EM field) or using the lowest level wavefunction approximation (all fields are treated like wave functions just like scattering in nonrelativistic QM) often getting the same result (see chapter 8). Important concepts like Feynman diagrams and Renormalization of a theory are first explored in a simple theoretical playground - a hypothetical `ABC theory' of three massive scalar fields with an interaction ABC term - and later discussed again in the case of QED with all the complications like fermions and Electromagnetic gauge field.

Topics discussed include gauge invariance principle; relativistic field equations describing free particles like Klein-Gordon and Dirac; Feynman interpretation of the negative energy solutions of Dirac eq.
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50 of 50 people found the following review helpful By Douglas Mckenzie on April 13, 2003
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This book (2nd edition) has 15 chapters . I have just finished chapter 4 entitled QFT and I am compeled to write this review! After a year of studying of QFT informally I can report that this is the way to introduce yourself to the topic. I've been through Mandl & Shaw, Peskin & Schoeder, Ryder, Weinberg and a few others and this is heads and tails the BEST intro available. In 42 pages, Aitchison & Hey make the transistion from classical to QM and from QM to QFT as gracefully as I can conceive. For example, the transition from the discrete Lagrangian to the field Lagrangian is very explicit. One benfit of this is that the dependence of L on partial of phi wrt x is clearly motivated leading to the manifestly relativistically invariant form of L. They explicitly develop physical intuition at every step of the way - for example, this is the only book that I have found that explicitly asks the question where is QM's wavefunction in the QFT formalism? Answer - The vacuum to one-particle matrix elements of the field operators. The transistion from free fields to interacting fields is far clearer than any other treatment I've seen. I also appreciated that the problems were used to basically fill in details left out of the text. I was able to 'practice' the various kinds of manipulations that are required.
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