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  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Springer; 4th ed. 2009 edition (11 Dec 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 3540875603
  • ISBN-13: 978-3540875604
  • Product Dimensions: 2.8 x 19 x 25.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,316,588 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J Abraham on 29 Dec 2011
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The whole series of Greiner's books on quantum mechanics is absolutely outstanding. All the intermediary steps are contained within. There's no buck-passing references or exercises for the reader. I like solving problems as much as any physics nerd, but when I'm trying to come to grips with a theory, my enjoyment of solving problems is something that should take a back-seat. There's enough of that, anyhow, in other books on quantum field theory, where you have to reconstruct half the theory yourself. But with these Greiner books, that isn't a concern. All the theory is there, waiting to be read and re-read.

This book uses Feynman's intuitive method of getting a Green's function for the Dirac equation, then using it to get an integral for the S-matrix, then interpreting the elements of this integral according to Feynman diagrams. Then there's all the interesting stuff about higher-order processes, theorems related to them, and renormalization.

This isn't a book on quantum field theory, e.g. it has nothing on the formalism of creation and annihilation operators. But it did help me to understand books on quantum field theory, especially with regard to the original motivation of Feynman rules and all the topics I just mentioned. It's also very handy for reference, as all the theory is there. I've been reading the Greiner series for several years now, and again and again I keep going back!
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By I. S. PILIOUNIS on 22 July 2014
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An excellent textbook on Quantum Electrodynamics with lots of insight, written in the traditional educational style of Greiner
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
Excellent for self-study - My highest recommendations 28 Jan 2004
By Alberto Dominguez - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This book basically covers the same material as chapters 6-9 of the classic "Relativistic Quantum Mechanics" by Bjorken & Drell.
- Propagator
- Basic Quantum Electrodynamical Processes
- The Scattering Matrix in Higher Order (including good discussions of vacuum polarization, electron self-energy and the vertex correction)
- QED of spinless bosons
In addition to this it covers bound systems and strong fields, which are not discussed in B&D. The book also does a good job of working out a lot of the details missing from B&D.
The only minuses are:
-- some of the more advanced topics in B&D are dropped.
-- there are a lot of typos (but the alert reader should spot them easily)
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Good for newcomers 17 Jan 2010
By L. Victor - Published on Amazon.com
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Dr Greiner and his coauthor are not ashamed of treating a hard subject (Quantum Electrodynamics) the easiest way.
They use the Feynman propagator technique instead of the Quantum Field Theory methods, rendering the book accessible to a greater audience.
The chapter about bound-states is a plus not easily found in QE books. They push the theory till the applications ( positronium levels of energy ).
Before you start reading this book, read ( at least some parts of ) the Relativistic Quantum Mechanics book in the same series.
8 of 29 people found the following review helpful
Most accurate theory in physics. 17 Feb 2000
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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QED is known as the most accurate theory in physics. This text nicely explains the major achievements in QED by Feynmann, Schwniger, and Tomonaga. Important connection among relativities, quantum mechanics, and classical electrodynamics.
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