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  • Hardcover: 660 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press; 1 edition (25 Jan. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0521864496
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521864497
  • Product Dimensions: 17.4 x 3.7 x 24.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
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'This accessible and conceptually structured introduction to quantum field theory will be of value not only to beginning students but also to practicing physicists interested in learning or reviewing specific topics. The book is organized in a modular fashion, which makes it easy to extract the basic information relevant to the reader's area(s) of interest. The material is presented in an intuitively clear and informal style. Foundational topics such as path integrals and Lorentz representations are included early in the exposition, as appropriate for a modern course; later material includes a detailed description of the Standard Model and other advanced topics such as instantons, supersymmetry, and unification, which are essential knowledge for working particle physicists, but which are not treated in most other field theory texts.' Washington Taylor, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

'Over the years I have used parts of Srednicki's book to teach field theory to physics graduate students not specializing in particle physics. This is a vast subject, with many outstanding textbooks. Among these, Srednicki's stands out for its pedagogy. The subject is built logically, rather than historically. The exposition walks the line between getting the idea across and not shying away from a serious calculation. Path integrals enter early, and renormalization theory is pursued from the very start.... By the end of the course the student should understand both beta functions and the Standard Model, and be able to carry through a calculation when a perturbative calculation is called for.' Predrag Cvitanovi, Georgia Institute of Technology

'This book should become a favorite of quantum field theory students and instructors. The approach is systematic and comprehensive, but the friendly and encouraging voice of the author comes through loud and clear to make the subject feel accessible. Many interesting examples are worked out in pedagogical detail.' Ann Nelson, University of Washington

'I expect that this will be the textbook of choice for many quantum field theory courses. The presentation is straightforward and readable, with the author's easy-going 'voice' coming through in his writing. The organization into a large number of short chapters, with the prerequisites for each chapter clearly marked, makes the book flexible and easy to teach from or to read independently. A large and varied collection of special topics is available, depending on the interests of the instructor and the student.' Joseph Polchinski, University of California, Santa Barbara

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This textbook is an essential introduction to quantum field theory, covering all the key theories necessary to understand the standard model. It is ideal for graduate students studying quantum field theory and elementary particle theory. It contains extensive problems, with solutions available to lecturers at www.cambridge.org/9780521864497.

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Alpha on 5 April 2010
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I own six books on quantum field theory (QFT): Mandl & Shaw, Peskin & Schroeder, Kaku, Maggiore, Weinberg and this one by Srednicki. Of the six, Srednicki's book was the one that finally made me feel comfortable with QFT. It's a good book for beginners, and it's also a very distinctive and unusual book. So I would definitely recommend Srednicki, and I suggest reading it alongside either Mandl & Shaw or Peskin & Schroeder.

Here are its defining features:

(1) The presentation is generally clear, elegant and encouraging. Calculations are presented in full, without glossing over intermediate steps, and the assumptions and principles behind them are made explicit (if not always entirely convincingly). There are plenty of worked examples in the text and the problems are pitched at the right level. Although I found the opening few sections a tiny bit intimidating, the reading experience was plain sailing once I got over the initial hurdle.

(2) Srednicki is also direct and to-the-point. He teaches you enough to do the calculations, and not too much more. When you are new to QFT, this is definitely what you want. But some of my friends complain that it's not thoughtful enough, and they recommend Weinberg.

(3) The chapters are each only a few pages long, and deal with just one key idea. The chapter dependencies are stated so that the student can plot his/her own way through the book. For me, this kind of organization made the material more digestible.

(4) The book is unusual in that it teaches the QFT tools through easy toy practice models before going on to algebraically demanding physical theories like QED. I found this quite effective. The downside is that you have to read 400 pages before you get to the first prediction about the real world.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Bartek on 13 Mar. 2011
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Based on my experience with Peskin&Schroeder, Weinberg and lecture notes from my university I can say that Professor Srednicki has produced the most approachable modern introduction to quantum field theory I've ever read.

The topics are presented in a modern fashion using the path integral method with renormalization included from the beginning. The chapters are short and to the point, making it easy to organize studying sessions. Most difficult calculations are done in sufficient detail for them to be followed easily with pen&paper in hand.

There are only two complaints: The author should have provided references to primary source material, enabling the reader to explore fine technical points and topics of special interest in more detail directly without having to wade through hundreds of unhelpful papers. (To be fair, the author specifically points out that he hasn't done so in the preface, further, he provides a list of secondary and primary sources on important topics in the bibliography section, albeit without pointing out their relevance to one topic or another.)

Secondly, the renormalization group is treated in a slightly superficial (but very comprehensible) manner, underselling the importance of the subject mildly.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mattia Colombo on 14 Nov. 2013
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Good enough book but poor edition... badly binded and printed quite poorly... over all a good buy but not how I expected a good book to look like
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