- Hardcover: 280 pages
- Publisher: Cambridge University Press; 1 edition (October 27, 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0521850827
- ISBN-13: 978-0521850827
- Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 0.6 x 9.7 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 2 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,068,175 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Modern Quantum Field Theory: A Concise Introduction 1st Edition
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"... an excellent textbook for a first encounter with quantum field theory and an essential reference for senior physicists. It presents the topic from a modern and streamlined perspective with beautiful and fresh explanations and clarifies many common misconceptions ... Thomas Banks is one of the deepest theoretical physicists and one of the best teachers in the field."
Nathan Seiberg, Institute for Advanced Study
"After reading this book, I'll never teach field theory in the same way again. Banks provides a modern, insightful treatment of the basic structure of quantum field theory, including anomalies, solitons and instantons. Perhaps most remarkable is his treatment of renormalization and the renormalization group, which ... succeeds in presenting the conceptual framework ... while providing the reader with the tools necessary for practical calculations."
Michael Dine, University of California, Santa Cruz
Treating a variety of topics that are only briefly touched on in other texts, this book covers Feynman diagrams and path integrals and emphasizes the path integral approach, the Wilsonian approach to renormalization, and the physics of non-abelian gauge theory. Banks provides a thorough treatment of quark confinement and chiral symmetry breaking; topics not usually covered in other texts at this level. The Standard Model of particle physics is discussed in detail. Connections with condensed matter physics are explored, and there is a brief, but detailed, treatment of non-perturbative semi-classical methods.
Top customer reviews
beautifully achieved by the author. The book covers some of most important parts of modern quantum
field theory ranging from traditional topics such as canonical quantisation,path integral, renormalisation
to more modern emphasis on the concept of effective field theory, monopoles, instantons etc. The author
claimed he wanted to write some thing similar to the old Mandl's famous book published in1959, which took
the author two short weeks to finish the whole book. However, the current book is much more involved
than the old Mandl, so I think it would be fantastic if someone could master it in two months.
In summary, this is a concise book, but contains a lot of insights that are not commonly found in other textbooks.
This slim book is abundantly worth reading!