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Quantum Field Theory in Curved Spacetime and Black Hole Thermodynamics (Chicago Lectures in Physics) [Paperback]

Robert M. Wald
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November 15, 1994 0226870278 978-0226870274 1
In this book, Robert Wald provides a coherent, pedagogical introduction to the formulation of quantum field theory in curved spacetime. He begins with a treatment of the ordinary one-dimensional quantum harmonic oscillator, progresses through the construction of quantum field theory in flat spacetime to possible constructions of quantum field theory in curved spacetime, and, ultimately, to an algebraic formulation of the theory. In his presentation, Wald disentangles essential features of the theory from inessential ones (such as a particle interpretation) and clarifies relationships between various approaches to the formulation of the theory. He also provides a comprehensive, up-to-date account of the Unruh effect, the Hawking effect, and some of its ramifications. In particular, the subject of black hole thermodynamics, which remains an active area of research, is treated in depth.

This book will be accessible to students and researchers who have had introductory courses in general relativity and quantum field theory, and will be of interest to scientists in general relativity and related fields.

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About the Author

Robert M. Wald is professor of physics at the University of Chicago and the author of General Relativity and Space, Time, and Gravity, also published by the University of Chicago Press.

Product Details

  • Series: Chicago Lectures in Physics
  • Paperback: 220 pages
  • Publisher: University of Chicago Press; 1 edition (November 15, 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0226870278
  • ISBN-13: 978-0226870274
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 5.9 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.3 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #693,712 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I had hoped this would be an affordable substitute for Birrell and Davies. Unfortunately, it is no substitute. The presentation is very sketchy and abstract. If you are into algebraic QFT and that sort of stuff then maybe you will like this book more than I did.
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I ordered this physics book for my brother. He informed me that he received it and was apparently very happy with it. This is all I can say relative to this purchase.
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