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Applied Zee and Georgi Group Theory books

  1. Aug 10, 2017 #1
    I will be attending a course on Group theory and the book that the professor suggests is Georgi's Lie Algebras in Particle Physics.
    As I liked Zee's book on General Relativity, I thought that it would be a blast to also use his Group theory textbook for the course.
    Problem is that I don't know if the level of Zee's book matches that of Georgi's(I wouldn't want to solve exercises from Zee that are at a lower level of that of the examination which will be at the same level as Georgi's book).
    Any help is appreciated!
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  3. Aug 15, 2017 #2
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  4. Aug 16, 2017 #3


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    I don't know Zee's book. Georgi's is pretty good. Since Zee's QFT book I'm very prejudiced against Zee's textbooks since it was only proving the fact that a "nutshell" is too small to seriously cover even the basics of QFT.
  5. Aug 16, 2017 #4
    I think his GR book is much better. That said, Zee stated that his QFT book's purpose is to just provide a gentle introduction to just entice its readers.
    In any way, thanks for your input.
  6. Aug 16, 2017 #5


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    But it's not a gentle introduction! It's trying to provide too much in too little space and thus doesn't explain the many subtle points exactly for beginners. It's an amusing read for someone who already knows the subject, but to understand QFT as a beginner you need a bit more accuracy.
  7. Aug 16, 2017 #6
    It's fun though. You are right, and that's why I preferred using Lancaster and Blundell's QFT for the gifted amateur when I wanted to get a basic idea of what QFT is.
    But then I started using them together and it was really helpful. So, as a supplementary book, it seems good to me.
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