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Hatfield's Book

  1. Apr 16, 2005 #1

    dextercioby

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    I accidentally came accross this title:"The Quantum Field Theory of Point Particles and Strings",by some guy Hatfield.

    Anyone care to give me a reccomandation,a comment,before i jump and spend some money...?

    Daniel.
     
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  3. Apr 17, 2005 #2

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    It is a fine introduction to field theory for people who are sophisticated about mathematical methods but untrained in physical specifics. It spends oodles of time motivating such things as Fadeev-Popov quantization of gauge theory and leading you through it. Most readers have found the section on string theory too limited. As a kind of primer, it is sort of orthogonal to that other primer, Zee's text. They address different students with different needs.

    I was high on it and derived a lot of benefit from it, but I moved on afterward to more standard texts, notably Peskin & Schroeder.
     
  4. Apr 17, 2005 #3

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    So you're saying it's more mathematical and less inclined towards applications than Peskin & Schroeder (maybe Itzykson & Zuber,too) and goes along with Zee's text.

    Okay,thank you.Excellent,then.I hate when maths is sloppily presented.


    Daniel.
     
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