- Paperback: 470 pages
- Publisher: Wiley-VCH; 2nd edition (October 13, 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 3527406018
- ISBN-13: 978-3527406012
- Product Dimensions: 6.7 x 1 x 9.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 59 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #108,436 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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?I?d recommend this book to anyone in the field and anyone lecturing in it. It?s wonderful. Reading any section will always yield insights, and you can?t go wrong with Griffiths as a guide.? ( Times Higher Education Supplement, December 2009)
?A clearly written textbook balancing intuitive understanding and mathematical rigour, emphasizing elementary particle theory.? (Reviews, May 2009)
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In the second, revised edition of a well-established textbook, the author strikes a balance between quantitative rigor and intuitive understanding, using a lively, informal style. The first chapter provides a detailed historical introduction to the subject, while subsequent chapters offer a quantitative presentation of the Standard Model. A simplified introduction to the Feynman rules, based on a "toy" model, helps readers learn the calculational techniques without the complications of spin. It is followed by accessible treatments of quantum electrodynamics, the strong and weak interactions, and gauge theories. New chapters address neutrino oscillations and prospects for physics beyond the Standard Model. The book contains a number of worked examples and many end-of-chapter problems. A complete solution manual is available for instructors.
- Revised edition of a well-established text on elementary particle physics
- With a number of worked examples and many end-of-chapter problems
- Helps the student to master the Feynman rules
- Solution manual available for instructors
David Griffiths is Professor of Physics at the Reed College in Portland, Oregon. After obtaining his PhD in elementary particle theory at Harvard, he taught at several colleges and universities before joining the faculty at Reed in 1978. He specializes in classical electrodynamics and quantum mechanics as well as elementary particles, and has written textbooks on all three subjects.
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With these corrections (that I penciled into my copy before reading), it's an excellent book. All books have corrections like these during the final editing process; it's perfectly normal. What's not normal is that the publisher never applied the corrections.
I knocked off 2 stars for the missing errata sheet, which could cause unaware readers hours of confusion.
This is the book to get if you want to learn this subject on your own with a limited background in physics and math. Nothing important is left out, the explanations are clear, there are numerous problems at the end of each chapter which are very illuminating, the text is carefully proofread and almost error-free. This book will equip you to tackle more advanced books on quantum field theory or the Standard Model of particle physics if you have such an ambition. It will allow you to begin to grasp this field at the level it really lives, i.e., the mathematics, rather than having to rely on verbal descriptions in books for laymen which ultimately raise more questions than they answer.
The book focuses more on "how" rather than "why," so it's a great starting point for experimentalists. Griffith's writes in a very casual and simple style; you won't find much mathematical jargon here. I'd recommend this book over Quarks and Leptons: An Introductory Course in Modern Particle Physics. Once you learn from this text the basics of the Standard Model and how to calculate amplitudes, cross-sections, decay rates, etc., you'll be ready to move on to more theoretical material (such as Quarks and Leptons: An Introductory Course in Modern Particle Physics) to answer the question of "why."