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Books for elementary QFT 
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Apr2808, 12:14 PM

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Could someone suggest a good book for elementary QFT and particle physics?(I dont know which to read first). I have very little idea about QFT. Could someone also tell me what maths knowledge is required?



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Apr2808, 12:42 PM

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In order: Griffiths, Introduction to Elementary Particle Physics Then: Aitchison and Hey, Gauge Theories in Particle Physics Then: Maggiore, A Modern Introduction to Quantum Field Theory. Then the more wellknown books by Zee, Peskin and Schroeder, Ryder, etc. As for maths, you need calculus in the complex plane, differential equations (Green's functions in particular), linear algebra, you need to know about the Dirac delta function. You don't need very advanced maths, actually. 


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Apr2808, 01:13 PM

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Hey thanks a lot.



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Apr2808, 01:23 PM

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Books for elementary QFT
I think Peskin and Schroder is brilliant.
You'll also need Fourier transforms before you start, and concurrently learning some group theory is helpful. P&S is a good place to start with group theory as well. 


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Apr2808, 01:58 PM

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It's true that Fourier transforms are important. As for Peskin and Schroeder, I think that some part of it are good but some are confusing. Oh, I forgot: an ever better QFT book after you will have gone through the ones I mentioned is the book by Srednicki 


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