- Paperback: 558 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: 36 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #262,507 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The author has really done a magnificent job in all the aspects of this challenging subject. The text covers the development of the theory in a very clear and friendly manner, and makes a special effort to cover parts of the theory that students usually find challenging when learning the material for the first time.
For me, it was like sitting across the table from a deeply knowledgable friend who is carefully explaining a difficult subject in detail. The large format of the book is ideal with its helpful side-notes and comprehensive wholeness charts playing a vital function of summarizing the complicated and interlinked aspects of the theory. And the use of frequent under-brackets in many equations also greatly helps speed the student through the mathematics so that the focus can remain on the physics and core principles of the theory (rather than getting lost in the math).
I found the problems sets to be extremely helpful in developing a better understanding. (I’d also suggest you order the author’s related “Solutions to Problems…” book. When I found a problem that I was unable to solve, the option of being able to easily review and understand the detailed solution was a major plus.)
Another great feature of this textbook is that it explicitly compares QFT to Relativistic Quantum Mechanics and Non-Relativistic Quantum Mechanics (NRQM). This is especially useful because when students start learning QFT, the background they have is in NRQM. This text clearly shows how one moves from this foundation to QFT, stressing how the two theories differ and the motivations for these differences.
If I get to teach QFT, I will definitely be using this textbook.
I believe the value of the book is in its explicit expression. It attempts to be as clear, precise, and comprehensive as possible. There are many practice and drill problems and an accompanying Solution text. Prof Klauber has stated an interest in writing on QFT up through the Standard Model of Particle Physics. We all hope he is able to finish this task. As the world is so much better off with this book it would be again with the enlarged version.
While on the topic of QFT may I mention Steven Weinberg, a Noble Laureate. Weinberg's books are more advanced and use Symmetries as fundamental. These books are highly technical.
I would recommend this book to anyone who wants to learn QFT as a beginner.