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Quantum Physics of Atoms, Molecules, Solids, Nuclei and Particles
Quantum Physics of Atoms, Molecules, Solids, Nuclei and Particles
by Robert Eisberg
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £59.99

0 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not a book for physicists., 8 Aug 2012
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The book doesn't require much level of mathematics or physics and it's nothing more than a list of quantum effects explained with words and some of them give numerical results but with classical physics arguments. This book is not for physicists, it's for people with a medium level of mathematics or physics that has curiosity on quantum fenomena such as engineers.
The writing style is horrible, you can find entire pages with no equations. So if you want to know quantum fenomena it's good, but if you want know Quantum Physics you should check another one such as 'Introduction to Quantum Mechanics (Pie)' by David Griffiths.
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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

5.0 out of 5 stars The book every Elementary Particle Scientist should have., 8 Aug 2012
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From the Klein-Gordon equation, to the Unification Theories, trough renormalization and gauge symetry, Peskin's book covers deeply and formally each topic. Excellent writing style, almost every calculation is done. One thing I hate about this book is that it has phrases such 'it's straightforward that...' an then it writes a result that you need 4-5 pages of calculations where you need identities explained many chapters before. Nevertheless I recomend this book, it's the best one i've ever read on Quantum Field Theory.


Introductory Nuclear Physics
Introductory Nuclear Physics
by Kenneth S. Krane
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £51.99

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Classical but not up to date., 8 Aug 2012
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A classical book on this topic. The experiments that lead to the discovery are explained. Worked examples. Excellent book to get started in the world of the Nuclear Physics. Nevertheless it's not up to date, so if you want to know the physics before the 80's or the experimental techniques it's not your book. Also cover a little bit on the elementary particle physics but his part is a mess and Standard Model is not well explained.


Introduction to Elementary Particles
Introduction to Elementary Particles
by David Griffiths
Edition: Paperback
Price: £47.83

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best book on Elementary Particles., 8 Aug 2012
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As the other two books of Griffiths, it's the best book on it's level.
Griffiths begins with the interesting History of elementary particles, form the electron to the Standrad Model (I've never read it before), letting you how every kind of particle was discovered. Then it makes a review of the elementary forces and gives a intuitive notion of how their behaviour. Then, it explains the Dirac's equation and explains its solutions. After this, each elementary force (QED, QCD and weak), are explained. It has also has a chapter on gauge freedom, SU(2) group and Higgs mechanism. It aso has a final chapter with the future and the challenges of the Elementary Particles such as String Theory, Dark Matter and Grand Unification Theories.
The writing style is mainly fenomenological and one doesn't need high level mathematics. Even though it uses Feynman diagrams (only at first order), it's not explained where they come form and one might think they are pure mathematical stuff, or worst, the lines are the actual paths of the particles. So the diagrams should be covered with a Quantum Field Theory book.
It's also remarkable the friendly style that characteristizes Griffiths.
So, excellent book to adquire an intuitive idea in the world of the elementary particles and their forces. If you want a formal and rigurous mathematical background you should check a Quantum Field Theory book.


General Relativity
General Relativity
by Wald
Edition: Paperback
Price: £33.30

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not for begginers., 8 Aug 2012
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This review is from: General Relativity (Paperback)
The book covers a wide range of different topics in General Relativity, from Einstein's Equation and gravitational waves, to black holes, passing trough Cosmology and differents types of universes and their evolution.
The book begins with three chapters with preliminary mathematics (Riemann geometry, manifolds and tensors) deep but too short, so one should complete this part with another book on Tensor Calculus.
The treatment of the topics is formal but too abstrac and it has no examples or worked problems, so if it's the first time you read something on General Relativity it would be too hard for you.
So, it's a good book, but you need a solid basis to a good understanding.


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