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Classical Field Theory

  1. Oct 7, 2010 #1
    Hello folks,


    I would like to know more about the standard books in Classical Field Theory which I am not really familiar with.

    I would be grateful if you suggest something (be it a book/lecture notes etc...) in line with the 2nd chapter of the following lecture notes:

    http://users.physik.tu-muenchen.de/jmadrone/vorlesungen/W0910/overview-qm2.pdf

    The more basic the material is the better.

    cheers,
     
  2. jcsd
  3. Oct 7, 2010 #2
    A lot of QFT books cover this material. Itzykson & Zuber and Ryder, for example. Ryder is very readable.

    For strictly classical field theory, A. O Barut's book is still one of the best.

    Also, you can download Leonard Susskind's lectures from iTunes. These are labeled as lectures on Special Relativity, but they are really mostly about classical field theory.

    http://www.subplanck.com/self-study...e-by-dr-leonard-susskind-stanford-university/
     
  4. Oct 7, 2010 #3
    Not that basic but I feel I must Mention the "Classical Theory of Fields" by Landau and Lifgarbagez. According to the authors you just need general physics and vector calc to read it. Very well regarded book might be worth a shot.
     
  5. Oct 8, 2010 #4
    Thanks for the suggestions.

    I think I will follow Itzykson & Zuber since I have a copy of the book (I didn't go through its contents in detail previously or even its table of contents, it really contains lots of topics).

    cheers,
     
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