I on the other hand enjoyed Itzykson & Zuber’s textbook. It was very clear, . Real men learn QFT from the collected works of Julian Schwinger. Itzykson C., Zuber J.B., Quantum field theory. One of my personal This book will teach you that there is another way to do QFT. One that is. C. Itzykson and J.-B. Zuber, Quantum Field Theory, McGraw-Hill, Corresponding chapters in books of Ryder, Peskin & Schroeder and Srednicki.

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Even though his third volume on SUSY is not as complete, I found his discussion very well explained despite his notation.

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It was very clear, easy to read, complete and intuitive. If you want precision and generality, you can’t do better than this. You can find it here. If in doubt, use the title of the original research.

Don’t tell him I said that! I think there is something to be said for starting with a non relativistic perspective that you won’t find in many particle physics texts at all. Itzykkson Introduction to Quantum Field Theory is wonderful for self study. I had to zubet back and forth from part 11 to 78 then back to part 43 just to remember what was happening. In hindsight it now seems like an excellent book, but again as an introduction, eh.


April 14, at Please choose a user flair using the ‘edit’ option next to your username above. Oh, the solutions will be extremely helpful for working through problems on my own. I think peskin and schroeder is generally very good. Email Required, but never shown. I would recommend this book to any first-timer. The discourse is linear which is not always easy to archivein the sense that it flows naturally from topic to topic, from easy to difficult.

Low energy studies are also seen as a lot less “sexy” so there are fewer textbooks and those that are around tend to be rather cumbersome. Please make an effort to engage the community rather than simply state your views and expect others to validate them.

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I consider it more of a reference textbook where I can check single chapters when I need to refresh some concept. The Quantum Theory qt Radiation: I’m prepared to deal with head scratching. I am aware you did not ask for lecture notes. A standard reference for mathematically precise treatments.

As somebody who has studied field theory iitzykson for the first time I have something to say here. Unfortunately, it is starting to have an old feel.

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I didn’t feel the book was particularly good as an introduction to QFT heck, the first chapter contains a large section on SUSY and assumed the reader had more group theory knowledge than I did at the timebut was better suited to somebody who already had some understanding of the subject. I think that plus the good recommendations is enough to make me jump into Srednicki first. Relativistic index juggling can be an extra layer of confusion to add to an already dense subject, although you get used to it fast.


Proudly powered by WordPress. I also like Srednicki, especially since a version can be found on line here: Sidney Coleman’s lecture notes.

Usually you’ll find the condensed matter QFT addressed in statistical physics books like Kardar. The perfect book is yet to be written, but if something comes close it’s DeWitt’s book. Between that and my own shortcomings, I never felt like I got a solid grasp on the subject. The subject is very well-explained. In spite of its title, I’m not sure mathematicians will find this book particularly clear or useful. Electrodynamics and Classical Theory of Fields and Particles. Memes, rage comics, image macros, reaction gifs, or otherwise “zero-content” submissions are not allowed.

I felt the same way about it – it seemed like a series of vignettes with no continuous train of thought, skipping most of the details along the way.