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Available for the first time in paperback, The Quantum Theory of Fields is a self-contained, comprehensive, and up-to-date introduction to quantum field theory from Nobel Laureate Steven Weinberg. The first volume introduces the foundations of quantum field theory, the second volume examines modern applications, and finally, the third volume presents supersymmetry, an area of theoretical physics likely to be at the center of progress in the physics of elementary particles and gravitation. The development is fresh and logical throughout, with each step carefully motivated by what has preceded. The presentation of modern mathematical methods is interwoven with accounts of applications in both elementary particle and condensed matter physics. The three volumes contain much original material, and are enhanced with examples and insights drawn from the author's experience as a leader of elementary particle research. Hb ISBN (1995) Vol.1 0-521-55001-7 Hb ISBN (1996) Vol.2 0-521-55002-5 Hb ISBN (1996) Vols. 1 & 2 Set 0-521-58555-4 Hb ISBN (2000) Vol.3 0-521-66000-9 HB ISBN (2000) Vols. l-3 Set 0-521-78082-9

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Editorial Reviews

Booknews
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 reference for physicists and mathematicians, or textbook for a graduate course. Nobel Prize-winning physicist Weinberg (U. of Texas) provides a self-contained, comprehensive introduction to quantum field theory. Volume I introduces the foundations, emphasizing the reasons why such a theory should describe nature. The scope extends beyond quantum electrodynamics to elementary particle physics and nuclear physics. Problems are included at the end of each chapter. A second volume will describe the modern applications of quantum field theory in the standard model of elementary particles, and in some areas of condensed matter physics. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521780827
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 8/28/1996
  • Pages: 1600
  • Product dimensions: 6.85 (w) x 9.72 (h) x 6.30 (d)

Table of Contents

Volume I: 1. Historical introduction; 2. Relativistic quantum mechanics; 3. Scattering theory; 4. The cluster decomposition principle; 5. Quantum fields and antiparticles; 6. The Feynman rules; 7. The canonical formalism; 8. Massless particles: electrodynamics; 9. Path integral methods; 10. Nonperturbative methods; 11. One-loop radiative corrections in quantum electrodynamics; 12. General renormalization theory; 13. Infrared effects; 14. Bound states in external fields. 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. Volume III: 24. Historical introduction; 25. Supersymmetry algebras; 26. Supersymmetric field theories; 27. Supersymmetric gauge theories; 28. Supersymmetric versions of the standard model; 29. Beyond perturbation theory; 30. Supergraphs; 31. Supergravity; 32. Supersymmetry in higher dimensions; Author index; Subject index.

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