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Quantum Field Theory: A Modern Introduction [Paperback]

Michio Kaku
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6 Oct 1994 0195091582 978-0195091588 New Ed
Quantum Field Theory: A Modern Introduction is undoubtedly the standard setting textbook in this field; as it is the only up-to-date introductory textbook to cover the `modern' approach to quantum field theory (QFT).

In this textbook, Michio Kaku, goes far beyond existing texts, and presents material vital to the modern approach to QFT. Topics such as critical phenomena, lattice gauge theory, supersymmetry, quantum gravity, supergravity, and superstrings are all included in this textbook and are not included in other textbooks on QFT.

There are also over 260 exercises included within the text.

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  • Paperback: 808 pages
  • Publisher: OUP USA; New Ed edition (6 Oct 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0195091582
  • ISBN-13: 978-0195091588
  • Product Dimensions: 3.9 x 23 x 15.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,153,672 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Kaku rolls up his sleeves and gets down to work .. whisking us right throught to inflation and superstrings... provides a comprehensive selection of exercises at the end of every chapter. New Scientist

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars good skin-deep book 21 Feb 2006
Kaku's book 'Quantum Field Theory: a Modern Introduction' really covers a lot of material, from single-particle equations to supersymmetry and a brief introduction to superstrings. It is therefore a good reference. However, none of the chapters is really amazing, it is a good book to read if one wants to gain an overview about QFT but it is definitely disappointing for those searching for deeper and more interesting treatments of the subject.
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I have had a number of books to first learn field theory, then work through and develop models and then apply to investigatory work in theoretical physics in the capacity of a researcher, but I have never had a book like this before. I would rate it excellent, just like the famous and my all-time fave books on QFT by Itzykson and Zuber (the advanced account) and Peskin & Schroeder (a good student resource). It is a delight to know this book and to be enchanted by its charisma. It may seem difficult to a person having a quick exhaustive look (as Kaku does not elucidate much reasonings and detailed calculations at many places), but if you go through it, the lucid, illustrative and pedagogical style of Kaku is not difficult to follow. The book is suited to students of theoretical physics, particularly from the particle physics and condensed matter disciplines, but is optimised for advanced users as well. Kaku starts with introduction to field theory basics and then takes you through the actual intricacies of the theory and its methods in his well-known intuitive way, concluding with some impeccable sections on the modern concepts of Supersymmetry and Superstrings, quantum gravity and monopoles, etc, some of the best accounts I have gone through, so far. Great book!
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Kaku's book was the first book on QFT that I stumbled upon. It's got a nice coverage of topics, from the very basics of canonical quantization to stuff like phase transitions, supersymmetry, confinement, anomalies, even a bit of string theory. The main problem with Kaku is the clarity: although Kaku is a remarkable scientific visionary, he doesn't write with the level of discipline you need in a textbook. I had a tough time following the arguments in Kaku, and I found better explanations in Mandl & Shaw, and also in Srednicki.
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
This book is the best introduction in QFT I have ever read. Of course, you need a lot of mathematical background but this is self-evident.
The main emphasis is on the Standard Model of the Elementary particles. If you want to know about the Standard Model, this is THE book!
Starting from the classical field theory, Kaku introduces QFT through the most important Group Theory. Then he continues to describe relativistic quantum mechanics, QED, Feynman rules, S-matrix, Gauge Theory, Standard Model and even beyond the Standard Model: Lattice Gauge Theory, Monopoles, Supersymmetry and Superstring Theory.
The Feynman path integral formalism is clearly introduced via postulates and with a lot of examples.
Kaku gives advantages and (seldom found in other books) also disadvantages of the used mathematical methods for quantization schemes and Renormalization types.
In one word : superb!
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1.0 out of 5 stars Incomprehsnsible 16 Dec 2010
Sorry, I couldn't make head or tail of this book. Maybe I just don't have enough background, but I do have a degree in Physics (even if it is a very old one).
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