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The best elementary book to study Particle physics

  1. Mar 10, 2010 #1
    I am looking forward to study Particle physics on my own. Can someone suggest me a book which I can read and understand by myself?
     
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  3. Mar 10, 2010 #2

    nicksauce

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    What is your physics background?
     
  4. Mar 10, 2010 #3
    i am an undergraduate student. have read classical mechanics and quantum mechanics.
     
  5. Mar 10, 2010 #4

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  6. Mar 10, 2010 #5
    I like very much the two books George Jones suggested. Other possibilities include : "Facts and mysteries in elementary particle physics" by Veltman (world scientific 2003). It is informal, contains quite some historical anecdotes and is thus very pleasant to read.

    There is a new editon of Close's classic book called "The new cosmic onion, quarks and the Nature of the Universe" (Taylor & Francis 2007) which is similar in spirit.

    By increasing order of slightly more technical, there are other classics, I sample here a few :
    "Modern elementary particle physics" Gordon Kane (Addison Wesley 1993)
    "Quarks and leptons, an introductory course in modern particle physics" Halzen & Martin (John Wiley 1984)
    "Gauge theories in particle physics" Aitchison & Hey (IOP 2003)
    "Introduction to high energy physics" Perkins (Cambridge 2000 4th edition)
    "An introduction to relativistic processes and the standard model of electroweak interactions" Becchi & Ridolfi (Springer-Verlag 2006)
    "Electroweak theory" Paschos (Cambridge 2007)
     
  7. Mar 10, 2010 #6

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    Griffith for sure. The book is a gem.
     
  8. Mar 11, 2010 #7

    nicksauce

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    Another vote for Griffiths.
     
  9. Mar 21, 2010 #8
    Griffiths!
     
  10. May 8, 2011 #9
    Particle physics also interests me. The Griffith book looks really good, but I am not sure whether I am ready for it or not. I am an undergrad and have only taken mechanics, E&M, and some optic/relativity.

    Are there any "pre-req" books I should read before this one?
     
  11. May 10, 2011 #10

    George Jones

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    From the preface to Griffiths
     
  12. May 20, 2012 #11
    Can someone give me the titles of a few books for introductory elementary particle physics? I'm in 10th grade, and all the ones listed seem a bit advanced.
     
  13. May 20, 2012 #12
    I'd recommend the Veltman book mentioned earlier.
     
  14. Aug 12, 2013 #13
    Book recommendation

    I enjoyed reading some of Michio Kaku's books, and I recently read The Particle at the End of the Universe, by Sean Carroll. I am currently reading The Fabric of the Cosmos, by Brian Greene. I am in 8th grade and could comprehend these books. Hope this helps.
     
  15. Aug 13, 2013 #14

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    I liked Lederman's "The God Particle" very much. Don't be mislead by the title, it's a really good popular-science book on particle physics.
     
  16. Mar 23, 2014 #15
    Griffiths' one is an easy read!
     
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