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QFT books

  1. Apr 28, 2004 #1
    Hello all,

    Just wondering if Peskin and Schroeder is a good first time QFT book? If so, what would be a good book to supplement it with?
    Cheers,
    Norm
     
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  3. Apr 28, 2004 #2
    QFT books generally take one of two approaches. They either start with path integrals or they derive everything that they possibly can before introducing them. If you have never met a path integral before then the latter approach is usually easier. Peskin and Schroeder take this approach and I would say it is the most understandable book on the market for a first pass at the subject. It also has plenty of exercises, which you really need to get stuck into if you really want to understand the subject.

    A random selection of other good books are Ryder (despite the lack of exercises), Kaku and the classic texts by Landau and Lifschitz.
     
  4. Apr 30, 2004 #3

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    I agree with slyboy, but I also suggest the excellent textbook by Bailin and Love. Don´t waste your time on Mandl and Shaw. The classic Bjorken and Drell is also a good choice for many parts. I don´t think one should follow one book only, but pick things here and there... Good hunting!
     
  5. Apr 30, 2004 #4

    EL

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    What is the bad thing with this book?
     
  6. Apr 30, 2004 #5

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    I think it over-simplifies things, and in the end of the day you don´t learn much. With Peskin and Schroeder plus Bjorken and Drell and Bailin and Love you certainly don´t need it.
     
  7. Apr 30, 2004 #6

    EL

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    Ok, thanks. Just started reading it. Will maybe change...
     
  8. Apr 30, 2004 #7

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