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String Theory and M-Theory: A Modern Introduction
String Theory and M-Theory: A Modern Introduction
by Katrin Becker
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £64.00

17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The next step up from Zwiebach, 11 Mar 2008
This book is layed out very well with exercises and worked solutions throughout the chapters . It has extended problems at the end of chapters as "Homeworks". For these reasons it is a very good book for a self taught student. It is still aimed at the later undergraduate or postgraduate and so is a more challenging and comprehensive book than "A first course in String Theory"

In my opinion, the order in which the books should be attempted and the increasing level of hardness is:

1. Zwiebach "A First Course In String Theory"
2. Becker, Becker, Schwarz. (This book)
3. Polchinski or Green, Shwarz, Witten

The book "String Theory In A Nutshell" is perhaps too ruthless in its approach for a self teach book. but is somewhere between 2/3.

A Postgrad physicist may attempt 2 or 3 without 1.

In General I think this is the best book (Becker, Becker, Schwarz) for a more physically minded newby to string theory. Polchinski might be a little too tough without some experience and

Book 1. is great for an overview and to warm some of your maths and physics skills up to the right level but is exactly what it says, "A FIRST COURSE" i.e. very first exposure to string theory and not string theory proper.


String Theory in a Nutshell
String Theory in a Nutshell
by Elias Kiritsis
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £51.71

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars I'm not too sure about this book, 1 Mar 2008
This book is not at all like Quantum Field Theory in a Nutshell, which is a relaxed and readable introduction to the subject. String theory in a nutshell is more an extremely condensed list of string theory ideas and equations. Like trying to fit the whole of string theory in a nutshell. This means that it really is not a beginner or intermediate string theory student's book but will become more useful when someone is familiar with string theory but needs to read a concise chapter or two to get to grips with some particular area.

There is still a gap in the string theory book market that I thought this book was going to fill. A book still needs to be written that bridges the gap between the beginners book by Zwiebach and the more challenging Polchinski 2 Volumes set.

This book is very nice to look at! I do really like the crisp black and white inside. This is important as in some ways it is how you display information that aids understanding. In that respect this book is very nice.

The truth is that most Scholars in string theory have a minimum of ~4 string theory text books on their shelf/at hand. So whilst this book might not be great as a stand-alone text, people may feel it has a place complementing other books on their shelves.

In Summary, don't buy this book as your beginners text in this subject but DO have a look through the book and if you feel it will complement your other books then definitely buy it.


Problem Book in Quantum Field Theory
Problem Book in Quantum Field Theory
by Voja Radovanovic
Edition: Paperback
Price: £40.83

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars BUY THIS BOOK!, 16 Jan 2008
If you are taking a course in QED or Quantum Field Theory or trying to teach yourself then I really recommend buying this book. It has lots of problems with worked solutions so if you can do all the problems in this book then you have a really good understanding and should do really well in your exams.

I recommend this for anyone in the U.K. physics programmes such as
MSci/Msc Durham Uni in Theoretical Phyics and doing the Particle theory module
MSc/Msci Imperial College doing QED etc
MSc/Msci King's College, Queen Mary, UCL etc
Any other uk University with courses covering material in the first 1-10 chapters of Peskin and Shroeder then this book is a perfect addition


Introduction to Special Relativity (Oxford Science Publications)
Introduction to Special Relativity (Oxford Science Publications)
by Wolfgang Rindler
Edition: Paperback
Price: £40.49

1 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not worth it....There are better books out there, 4 Nov 2007
I own this book and so I use it and to be fair it has most of the stuff you need for Special relativity in it. BUT THERE ARE LOTS OF BOOKS ON SPECIAL RELATIVITY. This book only has like 100 and something odd pages in it. So just photocopying it would be cheaper. (Don't, buying books is always much nicer). But the point is its not value for money. There are lots of other Special relativity books and ones with more problems with worked solutions. So I would look around in a library or online for one that will be of more use. Plus this book's layout is pretty old looking and needs a better font type etc.

In summary its a nice small book but there are lots of better ones out there.


An Introduction to Quantum Theory
An Introduction to Quantum Theory
by F. S. Levin
Edition: Paperback
Price: £55.90

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best book on Quantum Theory, 4 Nov 2007
A Brilliant book. I used this throughout three years of my Masters in Theoretical Physics and I use it for reference during my Ph.D. I have read many Quantum Theory books including one by J. J. Sakurai and another called Quantum Mechanics by B.H. Bransden and C.J. Joachain. These other two are interesting reads to get another perspective but they do are less well layed out, less well structured and they don't have the same fullness and clarity of understanding... Like F.S. Levin Chapters 4(math background) and 5 (postulates of QMTheory) I know so well and once you learn sections of it by heart then the Whole of quantum theory is built from these. It is complemented well by the book SCHAUM'S Outlines to Quantum Mechanics....as this book has so many problems with worked solutions so you can practice what you learnt from Levin


Problem Book in Quantum Field Theory
Problem Book in Quantum Field Theory
by Voja Radovanovic
Edition: Hardcover

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must buy for anyone serious about QFT exams!!!, 4 Nov 2007
If you are sitting an exam on Quantum Field theory or any similar modules to do with Lagrangians and fields in field theory or gauge fields then BUY THIS BOOK!!! It has so many nice questions and then the worked solutions that if you do them all the exam will just seem so simple (well nearly)!


Quantum Field Theory in a Nutshell
Quantum Field Theory in a Nutshell
by A. Zee
Edition: Hardcover

15 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent book to start learning QFT, 17 April 2007
I wish more technical books could be written like this. Its emphasis is understanding, not getting bogged down in the calculations. An excellent book to get clear answers.

HOWEVER, be careful!!! If you are learning quantum field theory for the first time then you might learn perturbation theory either in terms the Hamiltonian picture or the path integral picture. This book takes the path integral picture and if you don't know anything about path integrals you might want to do some background reading into Feynman and Hibbs etc. Also, I you are learning the Hamiltonian perturbation then this book might confuse at first and won't aid your studies directly at first.

Let me say again, after reading this book you will really feel like you have learned without too much effort. It won't be such an uphill struggle as some books are (Peskin and Shroeder). If you don't mind starting with learning QFT in terms of path integrals (which is the fun way I think) then this is the book for you but if you are buying this to supplement a course at university then check first which picture you are going to learn about and maybe stick to that picture... at first.

(MSci student completing a project on Path Integrals)
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An Introduction to Quantum Field Theory (Frontiers in Physics)
An Introduction to Quantum Field Theory (Frontiers in Physics)
by Michael E. Peskin
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £45.99

12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars NOT FOR FIRST TIMERS!!!, 17 April 2007
If your taking your first course in quantum field theory and feeling excited like you want to buy a book about it...don't buy this one. There are plenty of good clear books and internet resources out there that will give much more clarity about Dirac field, K.G. field, quantisation, perturbation either by canonical form or path integrals right up to renormalisation and regularisation. For example, the path integral approach in A.ZEE Intro to quantum field theory is a good place to get conceptual understanding.

After you have been studying the subject for a while and actually want a deeper mathematical and technical understand then this book is a keeper!! It is substantial and technical book, more for the researcher than the MSci or undergrad student. Also, this book looks good on the shelf; hardcover and thick. It is the kind of book that once you understand the subject you want a good book to refer to, but it isn't the kind of book to learn from.


A First Course in String Theory
A First Course in String Theory
by Barton Zwiebach
Edition: Hardcover

22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Msi student thinks this book is really good., 23 Jan 2007
Am currently working on a dissertation using path integrals and wanted to look at an application within string theory. I instantly felt this book was very well written and informative. Anyone who didn't get Tensors and special relativity so well the first time will realise how clear this book is, from the start. Read someone elses copy and bought my own.

I would say that if one is at 2nd year undergraduate (UK) or above then this text not going to be too hard to follow. Of course this is not a book to teach you tensors or quantum mechanics and for that use, Schaum's outline to Tensors and F.S.Levin Intro to Quantum mechanics, but would still be easily accessible to someone with only basic knowledge of these two topics. Just as with any physics book one must be prepared to solve the problems, after all its all about the mathematics and concepts. Not a popular science book but certainly a pleasure to read. Comparitive in style to A.ZEE Quantum Field Theory in a Nutshell.(Learn a bit, solve some problems, learn a bit more).


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