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  • Paperback: 512 pages
  • Publisher: OUP Oxford (17 April 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 019969933X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0199699339
  • Product Dimensions: 24.4 x 2.5 x 18.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 36,094 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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There is a need for a book on Quantum Field Theory that is not directed at specialists but, rather, sets out the concepts underlying this subject for a broader scientific audience and conveys joy in their beauty. Lancaster and Blundell have written with this goal in mind, and they have succeeded admirably. (Michael Peskin, SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, Stanford University.)

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Tom Lancaster was a Research Fellow in Physics at the University of Oxford, before becoming a Lecturer at the University of Durham in 2012.

Stephen J. Blundell is a Professor of Physics at the University of Oxford and a Fellow of Mansfield College, Oxford.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By E. R. Spicer on 13 Sep 2014
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Undoubtedly a good text book, but misleadingly described as suitable for the amateur. You would have to be gifted indeed to follow all the derivations. I think each chapter would have benefited from a qualitative para or two explaining the key concepts.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Andrew on 1 Sep 2014
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So far so good, well worth 4 stars - more of a read, consider, re-read, reconsider and understand by chapter at a time, than a cover-to-cover read, though some preview work is a big advantage - you can't just pick it up and go, not quite as advertised in the title, hence the 4-stars. Susskind's Theoretical Minimum for example gives an excellent grounding in Dirac's bra-ket notation and is time well spent before starting here.
On a more esoteric note, I've tried reading this book on 3 devices: A kindle (not Fire, the standard one), an iPad and a PC running Windows 8. The book is only readable on the iPad, even then the usual text font resize and page formatting doesn't work. Apparently it will read on Kindle Fire and older Windows PCs as well as other platforms (Android etc.).If it had cost me a few squids I'd say never mind, but for £26 it's less than acceptable.
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This is a complicated book, but it has to be said that the subject itself is a complex one. Given this the authors have provided a text which (though requiring a lot of work) is understandable to the reader with a prior technical background in the relevant fields of Physics and Mathematics. The book contains la ot of useful sidebars containing graphics illustrating key concepts in the text, it also has many problems but doesn't seem to provide worked answers -- although it does have hints to solutions.
Structurally the book is well laid out going from the basics of the Langrangian formalism through to how (and why) this is used in the problem of field quantization. There is also a good discussion of the Dirac equation and the theory of QED plus various other branches of physics where these techniques are used eg. Superconductors.
This is one of those books which at first looks a bit daunting but when enough hard work is put in provides the reader with a very good grasp of the subject and great satisfaction in that they have understood at least some of this cornerstone of modern theoretical Physics.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Robert Dillon on 12 Aug 2014
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I teach QM at the University of Cambridge, and have just ordered this for our College Library. It is perfect for 3rd/4th year undergraduate courses, and has enough Statistical Mechanics examples to be useful beyond QM. The style is engaging and the exmaples are numerous and well explained. However as another reviewer has already stated, you do need to have experience with Dirac's Bra-Ket notation, so this is not a "Popular Science" book, however for undergraduates is should soon become immensly popular!

Bob Dillon
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10 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Robert Williamson on 31 May 2014
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I think this book is an excellent idea but I think it assumes too many pre-requisites. In particular on page 21 I really don't understand the bra-ket notation enough to understand completely what is going on. A reference to further reading here would really help. However, I shall plough on!
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