- Series: Dover Books on Physics
- Paperback: 192 pages
- Publisher: Dover Publications; Reprint edition (May 21, 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0486780228
- ISBN-13: 978-0486780221
- Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.5 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 7.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #631,657 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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A Pedestrian Approach to Quantum Field Theory (Dover Books on Physics) Reprint Edition
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I bought the book after reading various reviews here. One reviewer called it a "Great undergraduate level text" and more or less claimed that undergrad QM is enough prerequisites for this book. Another reviewer called it a "A very good and clear introduction to QFT" that technically does not assume QM background as it goes over it.
Well I'm here to tell you those reviews are not even remotely accurate. The author himself (see preface) used this to teach field theory to graduate students. To be more precise, in University of Tennessee, the third quarter of year long QM course focused on relativistic QM and field theory and this book was developed from his notes to teach field theory.
So no, this is NOT a undergraduate textbook as it assumes you have QM understanding at graduate level. Chapter 1 of the book reviews "formalism of QM" in first 25 pages. However, by authors own admission, chapter 1 is "not intended to be an adequate introduction to QM for the student with no previous acquaintance with the subject". In fact, chapter 1 contains material that he teaches on first quarter of graduate quantum mechanics.
- The book is cheap and is published by Dover
- Worked out solutions exist on the back
- Near the end of the book, the author lists notes and references for individual chapters
- I don't think this is ideal for self study
- The book is too small. The book has total of 167 pages. First 25 pages are spend on reviewing QM. Chapter 2-10 is covered in 96 pages. The remaining are solutions, appendix, index etc.
- Needless to say the book skips steps
- This book also assumes knowledge of Electrodynamics from the start.
Although more expensive, I highly suggest these three books for beginners on QFT. They're all very well written.
Quantum Field Theory for the Gifted Amateur by Tom lancaster (suitable for advanced undergrads)
Student Friendly Quantum Field Theory by Robert D. Klauber (solution manual is sold by the author)
Quantum Field Theory and the Standard Model by Matthew D. Schwartz
look into reviews of those three books. They are easily the best books for self-study, supplement book, textbook, etc.