- Series: Oxford Master Series in Physics (Book 12)
- Paperback: 308 pages
- Publisher: Oxford University Press (February 10, 2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0198520743
- ISBN-13: 978-0198520740
- Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 0.7 x 7.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 11 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #258,025 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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A Modern Introduction to Quantum Field Theory (Oxford Master Series in Physics)
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"Maggiore has compiled and systematized notes for his two-semester advanced undergraduate course introducing quantum field theoryHe highlights the power and variety of the theory's methods and ideas, and how they can be applied to domains as different as particle physics, cosmology, condensed matter, statistical mechanics, and critical phenomena."--SciTech Book News
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Michele Maggiore is Professor of Physics at the University of Geneva in Switzerland.
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Just wanted to let everyone know it reads well on a Kindle, PC or iPad Air. The equations are very readable, as is the text.
It is however apparent that the author has done the best (as also in the sections concerning Noether's theorem, Spinor fields and Dirac Equation, Lehmann-Symanzik-Zimmermann -reduction formula, Path Integral Quantization....) to clarify difficult issues. At the aimed level of the book I think that it was a good idea to limit the discussions to the low energy approximation of the electroweak theory, and to expound only the two main ingredients of the Standard Model, namely Yang-Mills theories and the Higgs mechanism.
The best introductory book on the field in my opinion.
Maggiore exposes the reader only to the important topics and succeeds in explaining most them in 265 pages; in comparison, Sredniki's Quantum Field Theory is > 600 pages while Peskin & Schroeders' An Introduction To Quantum Field Theory (Frontiers in Physics) is > 800 pages!
Maggiore's style is terse, so expect making progress one paragraph at a time. The good news is that rereading helps. Again this is unlike the above mentioned two classics where you can reread some sections all you want and still would not make progress.
If you want to start with an easier introduction, try Robinson's Symmetry and the Standard Model: Mathematics and Particle Physics or even Griffith's Introduction to Elementary Particles. So Griffiths --> Robinson --> Maggiore would be a reasonable sequence of books to read.
Five star is compared to other QFT books and does not imply this book is perfect. The binding comes out after some use, I found chapter 1 to be unnecessary, wish some topics were explained in more detail and wanted the Standard Model to be discussed at the end.
My one gripe with the book is that the fields are not wave functions. He continuously refers to phi, psi and A as "wave functions" throughout the entire book. This is completely wrong. They are just fields. QFT has a wave function even if it's never used. <t,x,y,z|a> for a state |a> is just as much a wave function in QFT as it is in QM. QFT changes nothing about that. Calling phi, psi and A wave functions just contributes to the confusion most students have as separating those two ideas is hard enough as it is for rookies to QFT.
Though I like the broad arrangement of the material, individual sections can be a bit obtuse from time to time. They are very dense and frequently seek to explain things in the most general sense, even when the most general sense is not the clearest or most intuitive.