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Group Theory & Physics

  1. Aug 28, 2006 #1
    What is the physicists must have textbook on group theory and its applications to physics?
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  3. Aug 28, 2006 #2

    Dr Transport

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    These books come to mind:

    Group theory and Its Applications to Quantum Mechanics, Wigner

    Group Theory and Quantum Mechanics, Tinkham

    Symmetry Principles and Solid State Physics, Lax

    Symmetry Principles and Magnetic Symmetry in Solid State Physics, Joshua

    Group Theory in Physics, Tung

    Wigner is a classic, hard to read without any prior knowledge. Tungs' book is written in terms of continuous groups which is really helpful for high energy physics and relativity theory. Lax is for solid state and very terse, but readable if you have time.

    I would read in this order for Joshua, Tinkham then Wigner. If you understand everything in those unless you are a high energy theorist, you'll know more group theory than you will ever need.
  4. Aug 28, 2006 #3
    Depending on your background, you might also like:

    Cahn, Semi-Simple Lie Algebras and their Representations. It's available free online. http://www-physics.lbl.gov/~rncahn/book.html" [Broken]

    Also Howard Georgi's book of a similar title.

    These are oriented towards particle physicists.
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