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Relativity Books about Special Relativity for preparation for QFT

  1. Dec 26, 2016 #1
    I want to learn QFT but I feel that my understanding of Special Relativity is not good enough.
    Could you please recommend to me any good relativity books to fill my gaps?
    My gaps are mostly conceptual.
    Thanks in advance!
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  3. Dec 26, 2016 #2


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    For the sole purpose of a good understanding of relativistic QFT, you don't need to open a book on special relativity, but simply read through some well written words on the subject. Remember that special relativity is key to understanding electrodynamics, therefore it's not hard to imagine that the best book out there on classical electrodynamics (i.e. the one by JD Jackson) excels in the presentation of special relativity.
  4. Dec 26, 2016 #3
    Ok then, I will try going through the special relativity section of a book on electrodynamics then. Thanks for the advice
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  6. Dec 27, 2016 #5


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    The only thing you need is tensor calculus to start, and a good understanding of the Minkowski-covariant formulation of classical electrodynamics. In QFT you also learn about the (unitary) representations of the Poincare group, and that's all you need. You don't need confusing paradoxes you find in many introductory SRT books!
  7. Jan 8, 2017 #6
    Maybe you should see Landau Vol:2 about Classical Theory of Fields, explains very well the basics of Special Relativity, and later General Relativity if you want to.
  8. Jan 11, 2017 #7
    thank you for your suggestions.
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