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High Energy Recommended books in HEP, QFT, QM, GR

  1. Nov 21, 2017 #1
    Hi everyone! I'm trying to make a list of recommended books (introductory and advanced). So far, what I was able to search are the following:

    Particle Physics:
    - Griffiths: Introduction to Elementary Particles
    - Thomson: Modern Particle Physics
    - Nachtmann: Elementary Particle Physics
    - Perkins: Introduction to high-energy physics
    - Paschos: Electroweak Theory
    - Martin & Shaw: Particle Physics
    - Povh, Rith, Scholz, & Zetsche: Particles and Nuclei: An Introduction to the Physical Concepts
    - Gottfried & Weisskopf: Fundamental Concepts of Particle Physics
    - Halzen & Martin: Quarks & Leptons: A Modern Introduction to Particle Physics
    - Cottingham and Greenwood: An Introduction to the Standard Model of Particle Physics
    - Kane: Modern elementary particle physics
    - Becchi & Ridolfi: An introduction to relativistic processes and the standard model of electroweak interactions
    - Bettini: Introduction to Elementary Particle Physics
    - Tully: Elementary Particle Physics in a Nutshell
    - Robinson: Symmetry and the Standard Model: Mathematics and Particle Physics
    - Muirhead: The Physics of Elementary Particles
    - Marshak: Conceptual Foundations of Modern Particle Physics

    Quantum Field Theory/Relativistic Quantum Mechanics:
    - Weinberg: Quantum Theory of Fields (Vol. I, II, and III)
    - Schwartz: Quantum Field Theory and the Standard Model
    - Peskin & Schroeder: An Introduction to Quantum Field Theory
    - Aitchison & Hey: Gauge Theories in Particle Physics (Vol. I and II)
    - Lancaster & Blundell: Quantum Field Theory for the Gifted Amateur
    - Klauber: Student Friendly Quantum Field Theory
    - Zee: Quantum Field Theory in a Nutshell
    -Kleinert: Particles & Quantum Fields
    - David Tong's lecture notes
    - Maggiore: A Modern Introduction to Quantum Field
    - Srendnick: Quantum Field Theory
    - Lahiri & Pal: A First Book of Quantum Field Theory
    - Folland: Quantum Field Theory (Mathematical Surveys and Monographs)

    - Woit: Quantum Theory, Groups, and Representations
    - Greiner and Reinhardt: Field Quantization
    - Mandl and Shaw: Quantum Field Theory
    - Padmanabhan: Quantum Field Theory: The Why, What and How (Graduate Texts in Physics)
    - Wachter: Relativistic Quantum Mechanics
    - Ryder: Quantum Field Theory
    - Das: Lectures on Quantum Field Theory
    - Sexl & Urbandtke: Relativity, Groups, Particles
    - Ramond: Quantum Field Theory: A Modern Primer
    - Manoukian: Quantum Field Theory (I and II), Quantum Theory: A Wide Spectrum
    - Bjorken and Drell: Relativistic Quantum Field Theory, Relativistic Quantum Mechanics
    - Kaku: Quantum Field Theory: A Modern Introduction
    - Ityzkson&Zuber: Quantum Field Theory
    - Duncan: The Conceptual Framework of Quantum Field Theory
    - Hatfield: Quantum Field Theory of Point Particles and Strings (Frontiers in Physics)
    - Harris: A Pedestrian Approach to Quantum Field Theory
    - Bailin & Love: Introduction to Gauge Field Theory, Gauge Field Theories
    - Nair: Quantum Field Theory: A Modern Perspective
    - Gross: Relativistic Quantum Mechanics and Field Theory
    - Quigg: Gauge Theories of the Strong, Weak, and Electromagnetic Interactions
    - Guidry: Gauge Field Theories: An Introduction with Applications
    - Wu and Pauchy Hwang: Relativistic Quantum Mechanics and Quantum Fields

    - Ticiatti: Quantum Field Theory for Mathematicians
    - Boboliubov & Shirkov: Introduction to the Theory of Quantized Fields, Quantum Fields

    Quantum Mechanics:
    - Sakurai: Modern Quantum Mechanics
    - Shankar: Principles of Quantum Mechanics
    - Griffiths: Introduction to Quantum Mechanics
    - Weinberg: Lectures on Quantum Mechanics
    - Feynman & Hibbs: Quantum Mechanics and Path Integrals
    - Greiner: Quantum Mechanics: Symmetries
    - Dirac: The Principles of Quantum Mechanics
    - Feynman: Feynman Lectures on Physics Vol. III
    - Messiah: Quantum Mechanics
    - Liboff: Introduction to Quantum Mechanics
    - Cohen-Tannoudji: Quantum Mechanics (Vol. I and II)
    - Zettili: Quantum Mechanics: Concepts and Applications
    - Longair: Quantum Concepts in Physics: An Alternative Approach to the Understanding of Quantum Mechanics
    - Ballentine: Quantum Mechanics: A Modern Development
    - Townsend: A Modern Approach to Quantum Mechanics
    - Schiff
    - Merzbacher: Quantum Mechanics
    - Bohm: Quantum Theory
    - Gottfried & Yan: Quantum Mechanics: Fundamentals
    - McIntyre: Quantum Mechanics: A Paradigm's Approach
    - Bowman: Essential Quantum Mechanics

    Group Theory and Symmetry:
    - Wu-Ki Tung: Group Theory in Physics
    - Zee: Group Theory in a Nutshell for Physicists
    - Georgi: Lie Algebras in Particle Physics
    - Schwichtenberg: Physics from Symmetry
    - Abbas: Group Theory in Particle, Nuclear, and Hadron Physics
    - Sundermeyer: Symmetries in Fundamental Physics
    - Gilmore: Lie groups, Lie algebras and some of their applications
    - Ramond: Group Theory: A Physicist's Survey
    - Stenberg: Group Theory and Physics
    - Szekeres: A Course in Modern Mathematical Physics: Groups, Hilbert Space and Differential Geometry
    - Fuchs: Symmetries, Lie Algebras And Representations: A Graduate Course For Physicists
    - Barut & Raczka: Theory of Group Representations and Applications
    - Tinkham: Group Theory and Quantum Mechanics
    - Rossman: Lie Groups: An Introduction through Linear Groups
    - Fulton & Harris: Representation Theory: A First Course
    - Jeevanjee: An Introduction to Tensors and Group Theory for Physicists
    - Hamermesh: Group Theory and Its Application to Physical Problems
    - Hermann: Lie Groups for Physicists
    - Boerner: Representations of Groups: With Special Consideration for the Needs of Modern Physics

    - Wheeler & Taylor: Spacetime Physics, Exploring Black Holes
    - Misner, Thorne, & Wheeler: Gravitation
    - Caroll - Spacetime and Geometry: An Introduction to General Relativity
    - Zee: Einstein Gravity in a Nutshell
    - Hartle: Gravity: An Introduction to General Relativity
    - Schutz: A First Course in General Relativity
    - Wald: General Relativity
    - Weinberg: Gravitation and Cosmology: Principles and Applications of the General Theory of Relativity
    - Poisson: A Relativisti's Toolkit: The Mathematics of Black-Hole Mechanics
    - Poisson & Will: Gravity: Newtonian, Post-Newtonian, Relativistic
    - Gourgoulhon: Special Relativity in General Frames
    - Choquet-Bruhat: General Relativity and the Einstein Equations, Introduction to General Relativity, Black Holes and Cosmology
    - Dirac: General Theory of Relativity
    - Hawking & Ellis: The Large Scale Structure of Space-Time
    - Resnick: Introduction to Special Relativity
    - Padmanabhan: Gravitation: Foundations and Frontiers
    - Lieber: The Einstein Theory of Relativity: A Trip to the Fourth Dimension
    - Ellis & Williams: Flat and Curved Space Times
    - Moore: A General Relativity Workbook
    - Straumann: General Relativity
    - D'Inverno: Introducing Einstein's Relativity
    - Matthias Blau's Lecture Notes

    Mathematical Methods:
    - Boas: Mathematical Methods in the Physical Sciences
    - Arfken & Weber: Mathematical Methods for Physicists
    - Hassani: Mathematical Physics: An Introduction to its Foundations
    - Stone & Goldbart: Mathematics for Physicists: A Guided Tour For Graduate Students
    - Nearing: Mathematical Tools for Physics
    - Gowers: The Princeton Companion to Mathematics
    - Higham: The Princeton Companion to Applied Mathematics
    - MacLane: Mathematics Form and Function
    - Aleksandrov, Kolmogorov, et al.: Mathematics: Its Content, Methods and Meaning
    - Byron & Fuller: Mathematics of Classical and Quantum Physics
    - Riley, Hobson & Bence: Mathematical Methods for Physics and Engineering
    - Appel: Mathematics for Physics and Physicists
    - Lang: Linear Algebra
    - Brown and Churchill: Complex Variables and Applicarions

    Problem Books:
    - World Scientific Problems and Solutions Series
    - Cahn, Mahan, & Nadgorny: A Guide to Physics Problems (Parts 1 and 2)
    - Newbury: Princeton Problems in Physics with Solutions
    - Cronin: University of Chicago Graduate Problems in Physics with Solutions
    - Radovanovic: Problem Book in Quantum Field Theory

    What do you think? Am I missing something? I took this from multiple threads, so many may disagree with some titles in the list. I just believe that we have different tastes and that the list here was made considering the fact that a large number of people like them. I also wanted to include the reason as to why they are recommended, but I kind of got lazy. Heheheheheh. Also, I would like to know what do you think of the following titles:

    - Differential Geometry and Lie Groups for Physicists" by Marian Fecko
    - Barr: Particle Physics in the LHC Era
    - Das Lectures (Graivtation,etc.)
    - Cheng: Relativity, Gravitation, and Cosmology, A Basic Introduction
    - Donnelly: Foundations of Nuclear and Particle Physics
    - Kane: Modern Elementary Particle Physics: Explaining and Extending the Standard Model
    - Araki: Mathematical Theory of Quantum Fields
    - Chang: Mathematical structures of Quantum Mechanics
    - Joos: Theoretical Physics
    - Nair: Quantum Field Theory?
    - Nearing: Mathematical Tools for Physics
    - Ryder: Introduction to Relativity
    - Vaughn: Introduction to Mathematical Physics
    - Wong: Introduction to Mathematical Physics: Methods & Concepts

    I know this list is still incomplete. In fact, I think it will never be complete. But I still like to ask your suggestions and recommendations, like what do you think should we prioritize in the list, and what are good combinations. Also, I like to know your comments on why or why not should they be recommended (maybe comments about their strengths and weaknesses, etc.) This is an attempt to put every questions about recommended books in HEP, QFT, QM, GR, etc. in one thread. I hope to hear from the experts. ^_^

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  3. Nov 21, 2017 #2
    You can find a ton of suggestions by browsing and searching this forum :smile:
  4. Nov 21, 2017 #3
    Hi Greg!

    I did, and I found tons of them! So, I am trying to just compile these recommendations in a single thread, so that other members who are looking for tons of book recommendations (like me) can just find one thread that contains a lot of books. ^_^
  5. Nov 22, 2017 #4
    OP, I know you are trying to compile a list in an attempt to put every questions about recommended books in HEP, QFT, QM, GR, etc. in one thread, but I must ask you, to what end? What is your end goal? Are you trying to learn these subjects? If so, What is your background?
    If you are compiling the list for some other purpose, mentioning it may help others reply.
  6. Nov 23, 2017 #5
    Hi smodak!

    Well, I am studying high energy physics and yes, I want to learn these subjects. I want to gain some sort of mastery in these topics, and I believe that it can be really helpful to consider different perspectives in viewing these topics. Of course each author may tackle the same topic in different ways, and I believe considering these ways can really help in achieving that degree of mastery I am yearning for.

    On another note, many people are looking for good recommendations for these topics. For me, I want to collect as many suggestion as possible and also to learn which of them suits my (or others) current preference. Also, we've seen a lot of questions about these book recommendations. I think it will be more efficient if we have some sort of list so that others wouldn't need to browse lots of threads. I made this list to see if experts would agree or disagree. Of course, these titles are good in their own ways, and that is what I want to know. I just want comments on the strengths and weaknesses of these titles and possibly more suggestions. If I have this sort of preference, what could people possibly recommend? which among these titles would be a good book to start off and what other titles could be a good supplement? These are the kinds of questions I was hoping to answer. All in all, I was hoping to help everyone out so that they won't need to ask the same questions again and again. If ever they need a list good recommendations, here they are. Now all that's missing is what other people of think of these titles. maybe like, why is it that many people recommend it. Or if you have some sort of preference, why would/wouldn't you recommend this. That is what I was hoping to get from you all ^_^

  7. Nov 23, 2017 #6
    Does math books qualify ?
  8. Nov 23, 2017 #7
    sure! it would really help if you could recommend some. especially mathematical methods books. If it's something you think can help, you are welcome to do so. ^_^

    I kind of forgot to include math in the title. heheheheheh
  9. Nov 23, 2017 #8
    Also, I haven't included yet the classics like Landau and Lifshitz and Greiner's series, which are also recommended by a lot of people XD
  10. Nov 23, 2017 #9
    Also Florian Scheck. There are English translations of his books:
    Florian Scheck - Mechanics: From Newton's Laws to Deterministic Chaos
    Florian Scheck - Classical Field Theory: On Electrodynamics, Non-Abelian Gauge Theories and Gravitation
    Florian Scheck - Quantum Physics
    Florian Scheck - Electroweak and Strong Interactions: Phenomenology, Concepts, Models
    Florian Scheck - Statistical Theory of Heat

    And btw, why no classical physics (classical mechanics, electrodynamics), or statistical physics? Classical theories are the basis of understanding of quantum and relativistic ones, and statistical physics is very important in any field.
  11. Nov 23, 2017 #10
    I was also hoping to consider them. But I kind of got lazy. Hehehehehehe. But since you pointed it out I will also look for recommended books for classical physics. XD
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