Quantum Field Theory in a Nutshell by Zee

In summary, "Quantum Field Theory in a Nutshell" by A. Zee is a highly recommended read for its refreshing perspective on QFT and its ability to provide physical insight. However, it should be noted that this book should not be solely relied upon for learning QFT, as it lacks in-depth calculations and explanations. It is best used as a supplement to other texts, such as "Ryder" or "Peskin and Schroeder". While it covers both relativistic and solid state field theory, it may be considered too superficial for a thorough understanding of relativistic QFT.

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finally,it has also come into the list.
 
  • #3
Great read and a good book. Lots of topics and a refreshing look on QFT. Highly recommend it.

One caveat: you cannot learn QFT from this book. It simply does not dive into any details of the calculations. It's great as a supplement, but keep in mind that no course on QFT will ever use this book as the main text - it's too superficial for that. If you are serious about learning QFT, then go with for instance Ryder (as a first read) or Peskin and Schroeder (more advanced).
 
  • #4
I like this book very much because it provides not only pages full of calculations but physical insight instead. I think it is comparable to Landau Lifshitz in that it is a rather loose collection of more or less independent chapters with each reaching at the front of current research leaving filling in of mathematical details completely to the reader.
It is also one of the few books which treat both relativistic and solid state field theory alike.
 
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  • #5
This book only looks good on the first glance. In my opinion it's way too superficial in explaining the subtleties of relativistic QFT, and there are a lot of subtleties!
 
  • #6
Fascinating, but the writing is too glib for this to be useful as an introduction or reference.
 

Related to Quantum Field Theory in a Nutshell by Zee

1. What is Quantum Field Theory (QFT)?

Quantum Field Theory is a theoretical framework in physics that combines the principles of quantum mechanics and special relativity to describe the behavior of particles at the subatomic level. It considers particles as excitations of underlying fields and provides a mathematical framework to study their interactions.

2. Who is the author of "Quantum Field Theory in a Nutshell by Zee"?

The author of "Quantum Field Theory in a Nutshell" is A. Zee, a theoretical physicist and professor at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He is known for his contributions to quantum field theory, condensed matter physics, and string theory.

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4. What are some of the key topics covered in "Quantum Field Theory in a Nutshell"?

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