Quantum Field Theory in a Nutshell: Second Edition

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Princeton University Press, Feb 1, 2010 - Science - 608 pages

A fully updated edition of the classic text by acclaimed physicist A. Zee

Since it was first published, Quantum Field Theory in a Nutshell has quickly established itself as the most accessible and comprehensive introduction to this profound and deeply fascinating area of theoretical physics. Now in this fully revised and expanded edition, A. Zee covers the latest advances while providing a solid conceptual foundation for students to build on, making this the most up-to-date and modern textbook on quantum field theory available.

This expanded edition features several additional chapters, as well as an entirely new section describing recent developments in quantum field theory such as gravitational waves, the helicity spinor formalism, on-shell gluon scattering, recursion relations for amplitudes with complex momenta, and the hidden connection between Yang-Mills theory and Einstein gravity. Zee also provides added exercises, explanations, and examples, as well as detailed appendices, solutions to selected exercises, and suggestions for further reading.

  • The most accessible and comprehensive introductory textbook available
  • Features a fully revised, updated, and expanded text
  • Covers the latest exciting advances in the field
  • Includes new exercises
  • Offers a one-of-a-kind resource for students and researchers

Leading universities that have adopted this book include:

  • Arizona State University
  • Boston University
  • Brandeis University
  • Brown University
  • California Institute of Technology
  • Carnegie Mellon
  • College of William & Mary
  • Cornell
  • Harvard University
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Northwestern University
  • Ohio State University
  • Princeton University
  • Purdue University - Main Campus
  • Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
  • Rutgers University - New Brunswick
  • Stanford University
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  • University of Michigan
  • University of Montreal
  • University of Notre Dame
  • Vanderbilt University
  • Virginia Tech University

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User Review  - aproustian - LibraryThing

Zee's goal for the book was to make field theory accessible on the conceptual level, but I was frustrated by the lack of mathematics. Also the errata are somewhat extensive, but available online (very useful to have when working through the book). Read full review


Part II Dirac and the Spinor
Part III Renormalization and Gauge Invariance
Part IV Symmetry and Symmetry Breaking
Part V Field Theory and Collective Phenomena
Part VI Field Theory and Condensed Matter
Part VII Grand Unification
Part VIII Gravity and Beyond
Part N
Gaussian Integration and the Central Identity of Quantum Field Theory
A Brief Review of Group Theory
Feynman Rules
Various Identities and Feynman Integrals
Dotted and Undotted Indices and the Majorana Spinor
Solutions to Selected Exercises
Further Reading

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About the author (2010)

A. Zee is professor of physics and a permanent member of the Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics at the University of California, Santa Barbara. His books include Fearful Symmetry: The Search for Beauty in Modern Physics (Princeton).

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