The Quantum Theory of Fields - Vol.I

The Quantum Theory of Fields - Vol.I

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Cambridge University Press, 2005, 640 Seiten, Format: 17,7x25,3x3 cm, Artikeltyp: Englisches Buch, ISBN-10: 0521670535, EAN: 9780521670531, Bestell-Nr: 52167053EA

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Comprehensive introduction to quantum field theory by Nobel Laureate Steven Weinberg, now available in paperback.


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. Volume I introduces the foundations of quantum field theory. The development is fresh and logical throughout, with each step carefully motivated by what has gone before. After a brief historical outline, the book begins with the principles of relativity and quantum mechanics, and the properties of particles that follow. Quantum field theory emerges from this as a natural consequence. The classic calculations of quantum electrodynamics are presented in a thoroughly modern way, showing the use of path integrals and dimensional regularization. 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. Exercises are included at the end of each chapter.


Preface; 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; Subject index; Author index.


'... an impressively lucid and thorough presentation of the subject ... Weinberg manages to present difficult topics with richness of meaning and marvellous clarity. Full of valuable insights, his treatise is sure to become a classic, doing for quantum field theory what Dirac's Quantum Mechanics did for quantum mechanics. I eagerly await the publication of the second volume.' S. S. Schweber, Nature


Steven Weinberg, geboren 1946, taucht seit seinem neunten Lebensjahr und hat als Meeresbiologe und Unterwasserfotograf die ganze Welt bereist. Er veröffentlichte zahlreiche Bücher über die Welt der Ozeane und ist durch seine populären Kolumnen für ein großes französisches Tauchmagazin bekannt.


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