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An Introduction to the Standard Model of Particle Physics Hardcover – 22 Feb 2007
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Review from the first edition 'I am very impressed with this book. It is a beautifully clear and concise introductory text … for a first course in the basic physics of the standard model this book would be an excellent choice. Both experimental and theoretical students would benefit from it.' Neil Turok, The Observatory
'It is fun to read this book!' Evelyn Weimar-Woods, Zentralblatt für Mathematik
'… a very clearly written and recommendable introduction to the Standard Model of particle physics.' The Observatory
The second edition of this introductory graduate textbook provides a concise, accessible introduction to the Standard Model. It has been updated to account for the theory of strong interactions, and observations on matter-antimatter asymmetry. Each chapter ends with problems, with hints to selected problems at the end of the book.See all Product Description
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To make use of this book's exceptional clarity and development I think the reader would have to be at ease with fairly weighty calculus which is used throughout: the book is not a popular interpretation of the Standard Model but a fairly formal development of it and the book is stripped of any froth or superfluous explanation or hyperbole.
The authors take great care to introduce each escalation in mathematics and physics technique - but it still ramps up fairly steeply. This means that some real effort and time is required; the questions and hints are superb but the rewards as ever are huge.
Most amateurs such as myself will benefit from occasional peeks at supporting texts to help fill out some of the bigger mind-jumps such as the sudden introduction of creation and annihilation operators. One such text is Penrose's outrageous Road to Reality, but a basic quantum mechanics text is also useful unless you are more on top of that subject than I was.
The hunt for the Higgs is arguably the most exciting physics for decades and this book may just enable you to fully understand what on earth it is all about - but you'll need to start soon if you want to impress your friends when it happens...
I have a degree in Physics from Cambridge (a long time ago!), but I was hoping for something a bit more gentle.
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