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Quantum Field Theory: A Modern Introduction

Quantum Field Theory: A Modern Introduction
Author: Michio Kaku
ISBN 13: 9780195076523
ISBN 10: 195076524
Edition: 1
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publication Date: 1993-03-11
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 785
List Price: $163.95

The rise of quantum electrodynamics (QED) made possible a number of excellent textbooks on quantum field theory in the 1960s. However, the rise of quantum chromodynamics (QCD) and the Standard Model has made it urgent to have a fully modern textbook for the 1990s and beyond. Building on the foundation of QED, Quantum Field Theory: A Modern Introduction presents a clear and comprehensive discussion of the gauge revolution and the theoretical and experimental evidence which makes the Standard Model the leading theory of subatomic phenomena. The book is divided into three parts: Part I, Fields and Renormalization, lays a solid foundation by presenting canonical quantization, Feynman rules and scattering matrices, and renormalization theory. Part II, Gauge Theory and the Standard Model, focuses on the Standard Model and discusses path integrals, gauge theory, spontaneous symmetry breaking, the renormalization group, and BPHZ quantization. Part III, Non-perturbative Methods and Unification, discusses more advanced methods which now form an essential part of field theory, such as critical phenomena, lattice gauge theory, instantons, supersymmetry, quantum gravity, supergravity, and superstrings.


Unlike older textbooks that focused on quantum electrodynamics (QED), this text centers on the Standard Model and includes gauge theory. Intended for a two or three semester format, it is divided into three sections: quantum fields and renormalization, gauge theory and the standard model, and non preturbative methods and unification. Appendices review tensor products, Dirac matrices, and dimensional regularization. Each chapter concludes with a problem set. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)