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Overview

In The Quantum Theory of Fields Nobel Laureate Steven Weinberg combines his exceptional physical insight with his gift for clear exposition to provide a self-contained, comprehensive, and up-to-date introduction to quantum field theory. The development is fresh and logical, with each step carefully motivated by what has gone before. The presentation of modern mathematical methods is throughout interwoven with accounts of applications in both elementary particle and condensed matter physics . It contains much original material, and is peppered with examples and insights drawn from the author's experience as a leader of elementary particle research. Problems are included at the end of each chapter.
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Editorial Reviews

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The second volume of two written by Nobel Laureate Weinberg outlining the components necessary for an understanding of quantum field theory. This volume picks up at the quantum field theory methods and how they lead to a understanding of the weak, strong, and electromagnetic interactions of the elementary particles. The discussions begin with the principles of gauge invariance theories and moves through external field methods, renormalization group methods, and spontaneously broken global symmetries. The unique features of the volume are the insights offered by Weinberg from his own experience, and unique topics not usually found in quantum field reference texts, such as the Batalin-Vilkovisky formalism and its application to renormalization and anomalies in gauge theories. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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"...a clear presentation of the subject, explaining the underlying concepts in much depth and in an accessible style. I expect that these volumes will become the first source we turn to when trying to answer the challenging questions asked by bright postgraduates when they first encounter quantum field theory." T.C. Sachrajda, Times Higher Education Supplement

"The insight and depth of his treatment which singles this book out from others in this field can be largely attributed to Weinberg's authority as an originator of many of the ideas in the book...Experienced researchers and beginning graduate students alike will delight in the gems of wisdom to be found in these pages. This book combines exposition of technical detail with physical insight in a unique manner that confirms the promise of Volume 1 and I have no doubt that these two volumes will rapidly constitute the classic treatment of this important subject." CERN Courier

"It is a majestic exposition. The two volumes are structured in a logical way. Everything is explained with incisive clarity. Weinberg always goes to the heart of any arguments and includes many things that cannot be found elsewhere in the literature....I find it hard to imagine a better treatment of quantum field theory than Weinberg's. All serious users of the subject will want to have these two volumes on their shelves." John C. Taylor, Nature

"...Steven Weinberg is one of our most gifted makers of theoretical tools as well as a virtuoso in their use...The Quantum Theory of Fields is a splendid book, with abundant useful references to the original literature. It is a very interesting read from cover to cover, for the wholeness Weinberg's personal perspective gives to quantum field theory and particle physics...Weinberg leads us to a frontier rich with possibilities." Science

"Weinberg's Modern Applications goes to the boundaries of our present understanding of the field theory. It is unmatched by any other book on quantum field theory for its depth, generality and definitive character, and it will be an essential reference for serious students and researchers in elementary particle physics." Physics Today

"The book is at once fascinating and challenging, because of its advanced and mathematical level. Physics professors and college physics majors, both undergraduate and graduate, will get the most use out of it....I recommend Weinberg's volume II highly for physics devotees everywhere." Brian I. Baker, Science Books & Films

"As reference works these volumes are an absolutely essential addition to the bookshelf of any practicing field theorist. They provide a treasure trove of information and bibliography....a must buy for every university physics library." Paul H. Frampton, American Scientist

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521550024
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 9/1/1996
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 511
  • Product dimensions: 6.85 (w) x 9.72 (h) x 1.18 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface to Volume II; 15. Non-Abelian gauge theories; 16. External field methods; 17. Renormalization of gauge theories; 18. Renormalization group methods; 19. Spontaneously broken global symmetries; 20. Operator product expansions; 21. Spontaneous breaking of gauge symmetries; 22. Anomalies; 23. Topological complications; Subject index; Author index.
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