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Student Friendly Quantum Field Theory Paperback – December 4, 2013

ISBN-13: 978-0984513956 ISBN-10: 0984513957 Edition: 2nd

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  • Paperback: 556 pages
  • Publisher: Sandtrove Press; 2 edition (December 4, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0984513957
  • ISBN-13: 978-0984513956
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 1.1 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
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If you are a beginner in QFT, this is THE book.
Javier Rubio Manzanares
Most books also tend to omit tedious, yet fundamental, calculations that would be a real pain for a new student to try to work out.
John Drummond
This book is hands down the easiest to understand that I have ever come across.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By David Scharf on February 14, 2014
Format: Paperback
This text is unique in that it provides a rigorous introduction to quantum field theory in a way that is extremely scrupulous to make the instruction as straightforward and painless as possible. It would be suitable for an upper-level undergraduate course or a first graduate course in QFT. The author does a nice job of explaining the logic of second quantization and the difference between quantum field theory and relativistic quantum mechanics. The presentation of the Schrodinger, Heisenberg and Interaction pictures and their interrelations is very well done. I found his introduction to Feynman diagrams to be outstanding--the transition from the detailed mathematical derivations to the diagrams themselves is the clearest I have seen in any QFT text available today. Also the discussion of renormalization is first-class. His treatment follows the traditional approach, leaving the development of path-integrals to more advanced texts, although his addendum on Path Integrals is a very nice introduction to the subject. All-in-all this is a very fine introduction to QFT and, as a physics professor myself, I recommend it highly both for formal courses and for self-study.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By John Drummond on April 8, 2014
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I posted this review on the previous edition of the book:

After attempting to learn from several QFT textbooks, I came to realize that there were innumerable occasions when the authors seemed to gloss-over completely new/unfamiliar concepts because they apparently regarded them as "trivial" or "obvious." But what seemed trivial to them often left me scratching my head, trying to logically tie one equation to the next and arrive at their conclusion. Most books also tend to omit tedious, yet fundamental, calculations that would be a real pain for a new student to try to work out.

I started with the classics ("Peskin and Schroeder," "Bjorken and Drell"), but they seemed to almost require previous knowledge of QFT to make any sense of them, as if they were intended more as an encyclopedia than an introduction to a new subject. I tried Zee's book next, but realized that his unconventional approach (teaching the path integral formulation before the canonical formulation) made it very hard to simultaneously learn from other texts. He also tends to be sloppy with his math, and often left me more confused than anything. The closest I got to a good introduction was Srednicki's book, but it too was hard to follow at times.

By chance I stumbled across Klauber's website and read the first chapter of his book, expecting to be left confused as usual. To the contrary, what I had been struggling to understand for months suddenly snapped into place. I immediately read the rest of the free chapters, and when I finished those I ordered the book as soon as it appeared on amazon.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Holger Teutsch on April 3, 2014
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While (many or most?) other books have a daunting “mathematical compression factor“ this book presents the theory ground up with each and every step in computations.
You won't see “a short computation shows“, or “one sees immediately“ etc.

In order to not get lost in details the author helps with frequent “big pictures“, “wholeness charts“, margin notes and summaries so the reader is always aware of the story line.
Basic material that the reader should know (but often fails to recollect in the proper way) is presented in boxes when needed.
In total this book is so comprehensive and understandable that it is even perfectly suited for self-study (that's what I did after being out of physics for years).

This book is what you need for getting a sound foundation for studying advanced topics in QFT.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By IowaGuy on February 10, 2014
Format: Paperback
I love this book! I'm a physics professor who struggled through QFT for three quarters in graduate school and never really got it. I was buried in the blizzard of math and detail. Student Friendly QFT really is fantastic. Dr. Klauber writes in a very clear, natural, and accessible style that is almost as though he is standing right in front of you explaining each step of QFT. He uses a simple organizing tool--he shows how the familiar Lagrangian and Hamiltonian from classical mechanics are the backbone of QM, relativistic QM, and QFT. The whole complexity of the math drops away, and the approach of QFT becomes clear with this simple organizing device. Then he gets into how you actually do stuff with QFT. And again and again he takes the time to do simple confidence-building checks that are simply brilliant, like checking to see if the probability of finding a particle is 100%. Further, he put enough of the math steps in (with terrific little explanatory notes) that it's clear how you move from one step to the next. I'm really impressed that I haven't spotted a single typo in any equation. This book would have made my QFT classes a delight! This book delivers!
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Marius Paraschiv on February 14, 2014
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During my master years I tried and tried to find a good book to get me started on QFT. I really could not find one that I would properly understand and at some point I even considered giving up my dream of doing high energy physics. Then I started my graduate studies and stumbled upon this book. I've spent day after day understanding and rewriting all calculations. I am at the last chapter and expect to finish in about a week or two, so I think I can give a good description of what you can expect to find inside:

- Very clear explanation of the physics behind the equations (I honestly think a high-school student could understand them easily)
- The only thorough discussion of Renormalization that I could find anywhere (and this is THE toughest subject in QFT, you'll see when you get there).
- Every derivation is done in the most minute detail , saving you time, and helping you understand about 80% of the text on a first read, without writing anything down.
- (UNIQUE TO THIS BOOK) Wholeness Charts : Every chapter contains what are called "Wholeness Charts" in which basically all the essential information is put into one chart, and the logic and links between different ideas can be clearly seen. I even got the habit of doing my own wholeness charts when studying other subjects, and it helps enormously, you get a clear idea of the structure of the theory, the beauty of it. To give you an example: you see how gauge invariance (which is a bit of an odd thing for a beginner) is the only way in which your theory is renormalizable, i.e. its predictions do not blow up to infinity. After going though an important part of QFT (for example free fields), you also have some big wholeness charts resuming everything (putting scalar, vector and spinor fields next to each other, thus easily seeing the similarities and differences between them).

The book gives you a very solid basis on which to build, it's worth its weight in gold, literally.
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