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Lectures on quantum chromodynamics Hardcover – November, 2001

ISBN-13: 978-9810243319 ISBN-10: 9810243316
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"I recommend it for all graduate students in physics." -- Mathematical Reviews, 2002

It is nicely illustrated in a clear and pedagogical manner. -- M Shifman, Professor of Physics

The book offers an excellent introduction, as it explains the essential elements of QCD in detail. -- H Leutwyler, University of Bern, Switzerland

a rather unique source for a deep study of nonperturbative phenomena -- Arkady Vainshtein, Professor of Physics, University of Minnesota

… a beneficial investment for both individuals and libraries. -- Zentralblatt MATH
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  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Wspc (November 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9810243316
  • ISBN-13: 978-9810243319
  • Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 0.8 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,628,680 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Derek Lee on October 1, 2002
Format: Hardcover
First, I think that I should mention that, at least for me, some parts of this book were a very tough read. To a large extent, this is because the book is so incredibly compact, which, since it covers most of the important theoretical topics in QCD, implies that it cannot possibly be as meticulous and explanitory in derivations as, for instance, an introduction in QFT. In other words, this book is for those who are thoroughly familiar with QFT and with its mathematical structure to the point that you can fill out the details of most proofs without too much difficulty.
This aside, I must say that this book is filled with fascinating, sometimes a bit unorthodox, insights not only into QCD, but also into all of quantum field theory itself (for example, take his wonderful chapter on path integrals in QM, which stands very well all on its own, or the intriguing viewpoints on gauge fields and their quantization, or especially on his exceedingly compact, elegant, simple, and yet philosophically complete treatment of radiative corrections and in particular on Wilson's ideas on renormalization).Although this book is not filled with a great deal of phenomenology, I do not think this is the point of the book; it, for me at least, is a profoundly philosophical text on QCD, in other words food for the mind and the soul.
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