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In summary, Quantum Field Theory books for undergraduates are designed to introduce students to the fundamental concepts and mathematical techniques of this complex and abstract field of physics. These books typically cover topics such as quantum mechanics, relativity, and the principles of field theory, providing a solid foundation for further studies in advanced quantum field theory. They often include exercises and examples to help students apply the concepts learned and develop their problem-solving skills. Some popular textbooks for undergraduates include "Introduction to Quantum Field Theory" by Michael Peskin and Daniel Schroeder, and "Quantum Field Theory for the Gifted Amateur" by Tom Lancaster and Stephen J. Blundell.

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M. D. Schwartz, Quantum field theory and the Standard Model, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, New York, 2014.

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Is it suitable for somebody who has finished two courses on Quantum Mechanics, a course on Electromagnetism and a course on Special and General Relativity and also a lot of math courses?vanhees71 said:

M. D. Schwartz, Quantum field theory and the Standard Model, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, New York, 2014.

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Richard Mattuck "A Guide To Feynman Diagram In Many-Body Problem"

And the best part of this is that it is a Dover book, so it is dirt cheap!

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This is very well sufficient. Note that I recommended a book about relativistic Quantum Field Theory and high-energy particle theory. @ZaferZ 's book is about non-relativistic QFT, and it's a very good one too. For this purpose, there's alsoJoker93 said:Is it suitable for somebody who has finished two courses on Quantum Mechanics, a course on Electromagnetism and a course on Special and General Relativity and also a lot of math courses?

A. L. Fetter and J. D. Walecka, Quantum Theory of Many-Particle Systems, McGraw-Hill Book Company, New York, 1971.

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J. W. Negele and H. Orland, Quantum Many-Particle Systems, Addison-Wesley Publishing Company, Redwood City, Calif., 1987.

Of course, many techniques and calculational tools (including Feynman diagrams) occur in both applications of QFT, i.e., relativistic high energhy particle physics (mostly vacuum QFT to evaluate S-matrix elements of scattering processes) and many-body theory (non-relativistic for all kinds of condensed-matter physics and relativistic in relativistic heavy-ion collisions).

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Lancaster & Blundell, Quantum Field Theory for Gifted Amateur

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ZapperZ said:This is not really a QFT text, but it gives you a very good intro to Feynman diagrams and its application to many-body physics (to counter the earlier suggestion of QFT and its application to particle physics). It is suitable for the background that you stared, provided that you have done Second Quantization in your QM course.

Richard Mattuck "A Guide To Feynman Diagram In Many-Body Problem"

And the best part of this is that it is a Dover book, so it is dirt cheap!

It's a really nice book, and in fact it also treats second quantization very clearly - the only problem is that second quantization is presented late in the book, but one can read it out of order.

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Another vote for **Lancaster and Blundell** (for conceptual understanding), together with

**Greiner and Reinhardt - Field Quantization** (for detailed pedagogic derivations).

**Schwartz**, in my opinion, is too comprehensive for a first introduction to QFT.

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What about Zee's Quantum Field Theory in a Nutshell? I used his gravitation book and I liked it very much.

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Could you please explain the reason for this?George Jones said:

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But its goodreads rating is pretty good though: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/153916.Quantum_Field_Theory_in_a_Nutshelldextercioby said:

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Chapters 5 and 6 of Zee's book are a distraction to the reader and they are follwed by an-ill prepared overview of the BtSM physics.

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Zee's QFT book is very interesting after one has learned QFT, not so much before.

An old book that is very good for learning the basics of QFT is Mandl and Shaw. I first learned QFT from Mandl and Shaw and from Mattuck. However, like many old books, neither Mandl and Shaw nor Mattuck explain QFT using Wilson's viewpoint (Mattuck doesn't need it since he is doing condensed matter - Wilson's insight was that relativistic field theory is really like condensed matter field theory). Even Schwartz puts the Wilson's view late in his book, preferring to stress calculations first. The Wilsonian viewpoint is a very important conceptual advance that was not known when Feynman, Schwinger, Tomonaga etc worked out renormalization. The Wilsonian viewpoint is also important for theories that may not be effective theories, since it also is a good for understanding asymptotic freedom and asymptotic safety.

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If Wilson's viewpoint is equivalent to renormalization group, then Mattuck's last chapter covers it. Otherwise I like to know what is Wilson's viewpoint!atyy said:neither Mandl and Shaw nor Mattuck explain QFT using Wilson's viewpoint

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ShayanJ said:If Wilson's viewpoint is equivalent to renormalization group, then Mattuck's last chapter covers it. Otherwise I like to know what is Wilson's viewpoint!

I don't think it has Wilson's reonormalization group. Wilson's renormalization group has, in a sense, no new equations, and is the same as the old Gell Mann and Low renormalization group. It's mainly interpretation :P

https://quantumfrontiers.com/tag/renormalization-group/

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Zee's book is a mess for a first QFT textbook, but is full of valuable insights after you already learned this stuff from a proper textbook. Concerning particular insights, I like very much how he explained the physical idea of renormalization through a dialogue between a theoretician, an experimentalist, and a confused student.dextercioby said:Zee's book is a mess, except for some 3-4 valuable insights (graviton propagator, gravitational interactions of 2 light rays).

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Then you might also like Padmanabhan:atyy said:What is nice about Lancaster and Blundell and Schwartz is that they give good explanations of WIlson's effective theory viewpoint of renormalization.

https://www.amazon.com/dp/3319281712/?tag=pfamazon01-20

In particular, see the quote at

https://www.physicsforums.com/threa...in-gordon-equation.866653/page-2#post-5446644

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If you don't mind a somewhat condensed treatment, then Maggiore's https://www.amazon.com/dp/0198520743/?tag=pfamazon01-20 is an excellent first exposure to the subject.

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I think that following a condensed treatment would be unwise at my stage.MrRobotoToo said:

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Do you think that Schwartz's book Quantum Field Theory and the Standard model is suitable for an advanced undergrad?

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Joker93 said:

Do you think that Schwartz's book Quantum Field Theory and the Standard model is suitable for an advanced undergrad?

Personally, I don't think it is if you are looking for only one book. I don't think there is any single book that an advanced undergraduate can use as his only book to self-study the subject. My recommendation is to try Schwartz, which is very good and suitable for an advanced undergraduate, but not as the only book - when you get stuck somewhere in Schwartz, try some other books or the many lecture notes one can find on the web.

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If I am going to buy one book then, which one would you suggest? Of course I would supplement it with other sources that I will find from the web.atyy said:Personally, I don't think it is if you are looking for only one book. I don't think there is any single book that an advanced undergraduate can use as his only book to self-study the subject. My recommendation is to try Schwartz, which is very good and suitable for an advanced undergraduate, but not as the only book - when you get stuck somewhere in Schwartz, try some other books or the many lecture notes one can find on the web.

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Have a look at David Tong's notes http://www.damtp.cam.ac.uk/user/tong/qft.html

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This book is also recommended, although it is said to contain many typos.

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Joker93 said:If I am going to buy one book then, which one would you suggest? Of course I would supplement it with other sources that I will find from the web.

I'd start with David Tong's notes that MinasKar recommended in post #26 and then try http://isites.harvard.edu/fs/docs/icb.topic521209.files/QFT-Schwartz.pdf or http://web.physics.ucsb.edu/~mark/ms-qft-DRAFT.pdf and http://www.physics.ucla.edu/~nayak/many_body.pdf (second quantization is the language that condensed matter physicists use to turn quantum mechanics of many identical particles into quantum field theory) since they are free.

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And yet, no one has mentioned QFT for the gifted amateur

https://www.amazon.com/dp/019969933X/?tag=pfamazon01-20

https://www.amazon.com/dp/019969933X/?tag=pfamazon01-20

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I have. And I think if the OP wants to buy only one book, it should be this one.Dr Transport said:

https://www.amazon.com/dp/019969933X/?tag=pfamazon01-20

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Sorry, I missed the post...ShayanJ said:I have. And I think if the OP wants to buy only one book, it should be this one.

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eltodesukane said:Robert D. Klauber

This book is also recommended, although it is said to contain many typos.

I like Lancaster and Blundell, short chapters and you can easily work thru the problems (that is what I do when I am substitute teaching at the local high schools when not teaching). Klauber is good, but I found that I had to do a lot of gap filling in my knowledge to work thru it.

Both are excellent, but Klauber is a little more advanced.

As an aside, I picked up Lancaster and Blundell at a used book store for $15 US (it was in pristine shape, not a mark in it). Look for used copies of either.

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Dr Transport said:I like Lancaster and Blundell, short chapters and you can easily work thru the problems (that is what I do when I am substitute teaching at the local high schools when not teaching). Klauber is good, but I found that I had to do a lot of gap filling in my knowledge to work thru it.

Both are excellent, but Klauber is a little more advanced.

As an aside, I picked up Lancaster and Blundell at a used book store for $15 US (it was in pristine shape, not a mark in it). Look for used copies of either.

Amazon.com prices: (it's getting ridiculous)

eTextbook $27.61

Hardcover $110.00

Paperback from $788.61

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You might be lookin in the wrong place.the Pb is $40.00eltodesukane said:Amazon.com prices: (it's getting ridiculous)

eTextbook $27.61

Hardcover $110.00

Paperback from $788.61

https://www.amazon.com/dp/019969933X/?tag=pfamazon01-20

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<h2>1. What is Quantum Field Theory (QFT)?</h2><p>Quantum Field Theory is a theoretical framework in physics that combines quantum mechanics and special relativity to describe the behavior of subatomic particles. It is used to understand and predict the interactions between particles and their corresponding fields.</p><h2>2. Why is QFT important in undergraduate studies?</h2><p>QFT is an essential topic in undergraduate physics as it provides a deeper understanding of fundamental concepts in quantum mechanics and helps students bridge the gap between classical and quantum theories. It also serves as the basis for many advanced topics in physics, such as particle physics and cosmology.</p><h2>3. What are some recommended QFT books for undergraduates?</h2><p>Some popular QFT books for undergraduates include "An Introduction to Quantum Field Theory" by Michael E. Peskin and Daniel V. Schroeder, "Quantum Field Theory for the Gifted Amateur" by Tom Lancaster and Stephen J. Blundell, and "Quantum Field Theory: A Modern Introduction" by Michio Kaku.</p><h2>4. Is prior knowledge of advanced mathematics necessary to understand QFT?</h2><p>While a strong foundation in mathematics is helpful, most QFT books for undergraduates assume only a basic understanding of calculus and linear algebra. However, some knowledge of differential equations, group theory, and special relativity may be beneficial in fully comprehending the material.</p><h2>5. How can I apply QFT in real-world situations?</h2><p>QFT has many practical applications, including in particle physics, condensed matter physics, and quantum computing. It also has implications in fields such as cosmology and astrophysics. Understanding QFT can also lead to a better understanding of the fundamental principles of the universe and how it operates at a subatomic level.</p>

Quantum Field Theory is a theoretical framework in physics that combines quantum mechanics and special relativity to describe the behavior of subatomic particles. It is used to understand and predict the interactions between particles and their corresponding fields.

QFT is an essential topic in undergraduate physics as it provides a deeper understanding of fundamental concepts in quantum mechanics and helps students bridge the gap between classical and quantum theories. It also serves as the basis for many advanced topics in physics, such as particle physics and cosmology.

Some popular QFT books for undergraduates include "An Introduction to Quantum Field Theory" by Michael E. Peskin and Daniel V. Schroeder, "Quantum Field Theory for the Gifted Amateur" by Tom Lancaster and Stephen J. Blundell, and "Quantum Field Theory: A Modern Introduction" by Michio Kaku.

While a strong foundation in mathematics is helpful, most QFT books for undergraduates assume only a basic understanding of calculus and linear algebra. However, some knowledge of differential equations, group theory, and special relativity may be beneficial in fully comprehending the material.

QFT has many practical applications, including in particle physics, condensed matter physics, and quantum computing. It also has implications in fields such as cosmology and astrophysics. Understanding QFT can also lead to a better understanding of the fundamental principles of the universe and how it operates at a subatomic level.

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