This is the first volume of a modern introduction to quantum field theory which addresses both mathematicians and physicists, at levels ranging from advanced undergraduate students to professional scientists. The book bridges the acknowledged gap between the different languages used by mathematicians and physicists. For students of mathematics the author shows that detailed knowledge of the physical background helps to motivate the mathematical subjects and to discover interesting interrelationships between quite different mathematical topics. For students of physics, fairly advanced mathematics is presented, which goes beyond the usual curriculum in physics.
1st.ed. 2006. Corr. 2nd printing 2009
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If is not too unfair to say that quantum field theory is a kind of bag of tricks, but considering its monumental experimental success it is apparent that these tricks have worked. From a mathematical standpoint they are very suspect, and the professional mathematician who studies the formalism of quantum field theory will be aghast at its non-rigor, especially in the area of renormalization. That is not to say that no attempts have been made to put quantum field theory on a rigorous mathematical foundation. This has occupied the time of many researchers, but as of yet, such a foundation has not been found.
In spite of this, and justifiably so, quantum field theory goes on, and people taking up its study are faced at times with making choices between mathematical rigor and physical relevance. The author of this book, the first of a planned series of 4 volumes, realizes this and has attempted to give the reader a first glance of quantum field theory that emphasizes both the...
I'm just getting back into the Theoretical Physics world and these books are a great refresher! Two more books in the collection to go - just as expensive!
Whenever I read a book on quantum field theory, I have felt that there are something missing. This is not the faults by the authors. Since the QFT is widely used in most fields of physics, it should be limited in writing such a book. It is believed to be impossible for writing a complete book on the QFT in its various aspects.
In my institution, I was enforced to give several lectures on solid states physics to whom have no knowledge on quantum physics, of course, they have no knowledge on Hamiltonian physics neither. The undergraduate background of the students are very diversified, from mathematics to engineering. There Ph.D. major will not be Physis, certainly. I spent many years with nightmare for preparing those lecture courses. Working as a computational physicist in an engineering school could not be a recommended choice! For several years, I have tried to step outside the QFT for living.
During my struggling to absorb the strange way of thinking by...
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