Amitabha Lahiri, Palash B. Pall

December 11, 2000
by Narosa

Reference - 372 Pages

ISBN 9780849309779 - CAT# NA0977

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A First Book of Quantum Field Theory introduces the subject as an elegant yet relatively simple piece of machinery with a broad range of applications. Although many introductory textbooks approach the subject with description of the electron and the photon as their goal, this treatment takes a rather unique approach through decay processes, which are, in some ways, simpler than scattering processes. Using decay processes allows the authors to introduce the basic machinery of Feynman diagrams even before addressing the quantization of spin-1 fields.

With clear, engaging prose, strategically placed exercises, and canonical quantization employed throughout the book, A First Book of Quantum Field Theory offers a systematic, straightforward treatment ideal for advanced undergraduate and beginning post-graduate students. Readers will not only grasp the crucial concepts and the tools fundamental to the subject, but they will also discover both its elegance and its utility.