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  • Hardcover: 636 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press (1 Jun. 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0521845084
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521845083
  • Product Dimensions: 17.4 x 3.4 x 24.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,540,222 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'… this work is so well written that it succeeds in making even the most intricate and abstruse models admirably clear … it is timely in that it brings the reader completely up to date on most of the newer approaches currently in vogue … eminently suitable for researchers in the field … could also be read with interest by advanced students because the numerous info sections elucidate and expand upon the many themes addressed … this very attractive book will remain a standard reference work in its field for years to come.' Chemistry World

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This primer on modern condensed matter theory emphasizes the development of modern methods of classical and quantum field theory with applications drawn from condensed matter physics. The text includes extended and challenging problems with fully worked solutions, and will complement graduate level courses on theoretical quantum condensed matter physics.

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By Mr. J. R. Shaw on 2 Jun. 2010
Format: Hardcover
I've been very taken with this book since I studied the subject as an undergraduate. The book takes a comprehensive approach to the theoretical aspects of the subject, and is very engaging, making the best of a fascinating field. A very compelling read.
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By A. Sharma on 1 Dec. 2009
Format: Hardcover
I believe this is one of the most self-contained texts written on this topic. I would strongly recommend this book to anyone interested in this subject. Simply a wonderful wonderful book.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Best Coverage of this material that I've come across 23 Nov. 2008
By A. Potter - Published on
Format: Hardcover
This book presents condensed matter field theory from a very modern standpoint, using the language of (euclidean space) path integrals. In addition to a good discussion on mean field theory, the includes more modern topics, and includes extensive discussions of the renormalization group, topological field theories. Furthermore, the coverage is very intuitive, but simultaneously does not shy away from the more subtle technical details. The authors are also careful to point out and explain potential points of confusion. Finally, there are a number of excercises (each accompanied by a brief solution, which makes the book great for self-study!).

In summary, this book is the most readible introduction to condensed matter field theory that I've come across. It's a necessary, and welcome addition to the current literature.
15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
Simple Language 23 Jan. 2007
By Eberth A. Correa - Published on
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This book is a good introduction to Field Theory applied in condensed matter physics. In dealing with two difficult subjects the authors do it in a very simple language. This is very important either to beginners or experts. There are very good solved examples to illustrate each section. Besides, there are small boxes citing the people behind the development of the issue.
16 of 19 people found the following review helpful
Landmark of Theoretical Condensed Matter Physics book!!! 4 Feb. 2007
By D. Jin - Published on
Format: Hardcover
This is an extremely well-written book, which covers almost all the modern topics in condensed matter physics while keeps the physics and mathematics clear and simple.

It is an invaluable reference or textbook for graduate students who are interested in theoretical condensed matter physics, esp. in strongly correlated systems.

It is almost the best book I have seen for a graduate student to study the functional method, renormalization-group theory, etc., applied to condensed matter systems.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Excellent book to learn path integral in condensed matter 19 April 2011
By G.Z. - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Path integral techniques becomes very prevailing in condensed matter theory. I tried several times to start it with not much progress. This book is excellent starting point if you have already know a little about diagrammatic approach (such as Abrikosov, Mahan, or Fetter). You do not need to be an expert in diagrammatic approach to start it though. And you don't need to have any background in a normal quantum field theory with context of high-energy. This book contains a chapter about Hubbard-Stratonovich transformation, which is most useful and pertinent to condensed matter, and explains it very clear. Also, the book has an interesting comment on perturbative approach (Ch. 5) and present it in a concise but clear way.

The problems in the book are detailed and have answers afterward. They complement the main text very well and actually can be read as the application of the ideas in main text instead of simple exercises. Also they are not too far away from the real research.

I just wish I met this book earlier and it helps me immensely with my work.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Good information, way too many typos 11 April 2012
By Jake - Published on
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The title says it all. Having worked diligently through the text and the problems at the end of each section, there is essentially a sign error, factor missing, or random factors of i at just about every step. It seems as though it gets worse and worse as you move towards the later chapters of the book. For anyone looking to work through the problems as practice, prepare yourself for this. You will be on your own and can't really rely on their work. There are also very many approximations and assumptions that are completely glossed over. Typos such as this persist throughout the text but are most prevalent in the problems at the end of each chapter.

Overall, this book will prepare you for the field on a conceptual level, but not when it comes time to make a CORRECT calculation.
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