The imagined reader is a gifted amateur, possessing a curious and adaptable mind, looking to be told an entertaining and intellectually stimulating story, but who will not feel patronised if a few mathematical niceties are spelled out in detail. There is so much love and respect for the student in this book — absolutely worth it. Ben Davidson rated it it was amazing May 01, There are also chapters on electroweak theory, gauge theories, and symmetry breaking. Tensor Calculus Made Simple.

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Quantum field theory is arguably the most far-reaching and beautiful physical theory ever constructed, with aspects more stringently tested and verified to greater precision giftd any other theory in physics.

Unfortunately, the subject has gained a notorious reputation for difficulty, with forbidding looking mathematics and a peculiar diagrammatic language described in an array of unforgiving, weighty textbooks aimed firmly at aspiring professionals.

However, quantum field theory is too important, too beautiful, and too engaging to be restricted to the professionals. This book on quantum field theory is designed to be different. It is written by experimental physicists and aims to provide ammateur interested amateur with a bridge from undergraduate physics to quantum field theory.

The imagined reader is a gifted amateur, possessing a curious and adaptable mind, looking to be told an entertaining and intellectually stimulating story, but who will not feel patronised if a few mathematical niceties are spelled out in detail. Using numerous worked examples, diagrams, and careful physically motivated explanations, this book will smooth the path towards gifte the radically different and revolutionary view of the physical world that quantum field theory provides, and which all physicists should have the tge to experience.

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Review «There is a need for a book on Quantum Field Bludnell that is not directed at specialists but, rather, sets out the concepts underlying this subject for a broader scientific audience and conveys joy in their beauty. The physical explanations are exceedingly well fifted and integrated with mathematics. Quantum field theory is the next big thing and this book will help the reader to understand and use the theory.


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Please try again later. I divide «popular science» books into four categories: The kind you can read on a plane, by itself, and enjoy the ride. The kind you need to read with Wikipedia or a math encyclopedia or «maths» as these British authors would say handy.

The kind you need to read with at least two other major books, and possibly more. The authors agree with me here, saying most good books require at least one other to augment them. That said, how can this be for an «amateur» at all? Well, the authors use an ingenious trick: I also find that ethical authors and publishers, especially with a book of this high cost, are generous with the look inside feature, because they care more about you not being disappointed than making an inappropriate sale.

Hats off, the look inside is excellent, please do peruse it carefully before deciding.

Lancaster T., Blundell S.J. Quantum Field Theory for the Gifted Amateur

Since any one aspect eg. This makes this wonderful text an awesome «reference guide» to further study, especially for those going on in physics. Now for the bad part. They justify this by setting them to 1 anyway, so they are close in value, or drop out. Doing so will confuse anyone without the «insider» knowledge of what they are doing. These authors do the same thing, but have the courtesy to show us when, where, why and how, which is helpful in reading ANY other book, bravo! There are many other, particularly Dover books that are a better «intro,» to QFT, but they are not up to date and not nearly as advanced as this wonderful new option.

This book fills an absolutely unmet need— requiring an intro or companion below, yet mapping those above in ways not yet done by any other text. So, here is the bottom line: You are willing to do the hard work of reading other books along with this, to study it rather than just read it.

Otherwise, please do check out the look inside feature before committing— I believe it is clearly worth the price, but it also is not cheap, and times are qf for many of us, particularly students. BTW, speaking of cost, I found gofted of the question sets similar to the exercises here free on Preptorial dot org, which offers free exercises in many fields of Physics, in preparation for tests and exams. Highly recommended for the right level reader.


The authors of this book should be congratulated for bringing to the masses the difficult field of quantum field theory QFT. QFT is a notoriously difficult subject to learn from well established books and hence a modern exposition that introduces the concepts in a step-by-step fashion is certainly welcome. As written in the preface, the readers that the authors have in mind are either scientists that do not intend to become QFT professionals or students of theoretical physics which should consult more than one source blunde,l their long pilgrimage toward enlightenment and tenure.

In short, Amateuf has to do with the nature of things bljndell surround us. Things I should not call them things but fields like electrons or photons giftes characterized by the so called particle-wave duality, they behave like particles in some situations and like waves in others. QFT, however, overcomes such duality of conventional one-particle quantum mechanics by mathematically describing them as «excitations of the quantum field».

By reading the book one is gradually taken to a trip through Lagrangians, harmonic oscillators, the formalism of the second quantization, path integrals, Wick and Noether theorems, Feynman diagrams, broken symmetry, and quasi-particles such as bogolons Bogoliubov quasi-particlesMajorana and Dirac fermions.

One thing that I would suggest the authors to include in a future edition is a final chapter about the position of QFT with respect to other theories eg. For instance, double-slit experiments on fullerenes and other large molecules suggest that they too behave like electrons or photons and hence, is the molecule a field?

How do you describe the field of a composite particle such as an atom or molecule? If QFT can be applied to condensed matter physics, how could it be applied to molecular biology? Well, there is a lot of interesting stuff inside this book, why not giving it a try? If so, this is the book for you.

There are numerous asides, footnotes, and even cartoons that flesh out the intuitive side of the ideas offered. Most of all, it reads like something of a detective novel, with the reader «led down the garden path» towards an ever more excited appreciation for QFT.

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