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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The book is daunting and mathematically demanding and the notation is Peskin and Schroeder is fine, in my opinion.

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Abrikosov, Gor’kov, and Dzyaloshinskii is really the classic text for condensed matter theory and lays for the foundation for damn near everything afterwards. Finally, Nair also includes a wonderful final chapter on the ideas behind geometric quantization and their application to the quantization of the Chern-Simons-Witten model.

Altland and Simons is a new textbook that takes a very modern approach to condensed matter theory and introduces a number of QFT methods usually associated with itzkson high energy side. 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.

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Itzukson wouldn’t necessarily say messy, they’re just very cavalier at times and won’t hesitate to skip steps and omit clarifying explanations.


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First a little background: There is a nascent new generation of books. The most complete and comprehensive approach to quantum field theory is certainly Steven Weinberg’s series Volume 1Volume 2Volume 3. Post Your Answer Discard By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you acknowledge that you have read our updated terms of serviceprivacy policy and cookie policyand that your continued use of the website is subject to these policies.

Everything is explained from first principles.

Quantum Field Theory By: April 13, at 3: Also maybe check out Bjorken and Drell. The approach is somewhat idiosyncratic, and the text is very conversational and itzzykson several interesting historical notes about the development of the theory, in which the author had a considerable role.

Anyway, the way it seems to me is that there is no “good” first intro to QFT book.

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There’s a fairly standard two or three-semester curriculum for introductory quantum field theory, which covers topics such as:. 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. For further reading Tong’s string theory notes are great and the other part 3 particle physics notes are also pretty good:. In essence, the book presents the so-called causal approach to QFT, which is the only way to make computations rigorous.

April 14, at 7: The text is more of a novel than a comprehensive course. Not an introduction, but once you’re a guru it is supposedly the place to go.

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Before anybody suggests it, don’t get within 20 yards of a copy of Weinberg. Thanks for the recommendations. Im not too sure if they cover topics like renormalization though I use jointly with the book from the three girls.

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Parameswaran Nairwho is now at City College nearby. It is the best book I’ve read so far. You can find it here.

April 13, at Not where I learned what I learned from, but one of the ones I wished I had known about earlier Its what Zee recommends in the back of his book. I’m prepared to deal with head scratching. I also like Srednicki, especially since a version can be found on line here: These are very basic and intuitive, and may be a good starting point for someone who has never acquainted themselves with QFT.

Please choose a user flair using the ‘edit’ option next to your username above. There’s a fairly standard two or three-semester curriculum for introductory quantum field theory, which covers topics such as: Although highly idiosyncratic, it is an excellent book that teaches one a lot of things not found in many books.

The book is rather precise in its statements, and the author is upfront about technical difficulties and the ill-definedness is this a word?

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