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Quantum Field Theory of Point Particles and Strings (Frontiers in Physics) First Edition Edition
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Hatfield's treatment is not the step by step approach claimed but rather piecemeal and with a cavalier attitude to index house-keeping minus signs and factors of i and 1/2 etc. He is further let down by the typesetting of Perseus books that makes hardly any use of boldface characters, uses a point size for indices and suffixes not much smaller than the normal font and an almost typewriter-like character spacing in equations and formulae that make them sprawl across the page in a way less easy to scan than most other publisher's neatly grouped expressions.
For a step by step introduction that is clear, reasonably rigorous and more readable than Hatfield, I would strongly recommend Lewis Ryder's QFT book notwithstanding that it is mainly oriented towards the path integral formulation.
This is not the first time I've tried to read this book. I've had to frequently consult other books on mathematical physics before I could proceed any further. Now, I admit, that while my background in mathematics is thorough, I've never had a formal education in physics, and I'm trying as best as I can to read all the books on mathematical physics, quantum mechanics, QFT, QED, GR, etc. And I think I have the handle on the Hamiltonian, and how it is used in both classical and quantum mechanics.Read more ›
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An excellent text for graduate students or for self-study. Details are worked out and many technicalities explained clearly.Published 18 months ago by Rajesh R Parwani
This book is nice to read, I agree with most of the previous reviews about this. Some things are interesting, e.g. Read morePublished on March 20, 2001
While this book contains some interesting material such as the schrodinger approach to qft, it is not that helpful for learning either field theory or string theory. Read morePublished on November 25, 2000
This is a very comprehensive and readable book. I especially liked the treatment of path integrals. Definitely one of the best books on QFT in my opinion.Published on December 8, 1999 by Atte.Saarela
This very readable book includes all three representations, operator, path integral, and Schroedinger, and so is unique. Read morePublished on January 10, 1999