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I first took quantum field theory Physics in my last year at Caltech, taught by Fredrik Zachariasen. However, I would say his approach to the subject was rather old-fashioned by that time, and while I learned a good bit about the Dirac equation, spinors, how to compute Feynman diagrams, and even about path integrals, my overall understanding of the subject was still lacking.

I was very confused at the time about the relationship between particles and fields and about so-called Second Quantization. Also, what happened to the Schrodinger equation? It was only some years later that I realized that Feynman himself had been confused about these things when he wrote his early papers on the subject.

It disagrees with conservation of charge! Or are they simply graphical representations of terms in a perturbative expansion that happen to correspond, intuitively but not exactly, to physical processes? As a first year graduate student at Berkeley I took Physics from Stanley Mandelstam , a true master of the subject.

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This course was far more theoretical than the one I had taken the previous year. Amazingly, Stanley taught without notes. The only day he brought a single page of paper to class was when he covered the BPHZ proof of renormalizability. Or was it the day he derived the beta function for non-Abelian gauge theories? I might be conflating two different instances. His lectures followed no specific textbook, although the recommended one was probably Itzykson and Zuber.

I am sad to discover, in finding this link, that Marty passed away earlier this year.

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Marty was a high strung chain smoker, and I recall many hours in his office going over solutions to his homework problems. He was especially on edge that fall because Vaughan Jones from the math department who was about to share the Fields Medal with Ed Witten! This post is long enough. For many years one could check out videotapes Sony Betamax!

This made me think, even then, that the future of many professors might someday be as glorified teaching assistants, helping to explain and clarify recorded or streamed lectures by the true masters. It took me some time to learn to decipher his handwriting, but it was worth it! Get A Copy.

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Lists with This Book. This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Community Reviews. Showing Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Quantum field theory is one of the most complex things I've ever done.

There are enormous amount of derivations with hidden and nifty tricks to get it done. People who devoted their life to work in this area must be had a great computational and marksman skills to take care of all the indices, especially if working with traces of gamma matrices in scattering problems. Haven't done any renormalization and path integrals, but I guess it's enough for now.

At least I know how to proceed with QCD.

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Pro Quantum field theory is one of the most complex things I've ever done. Pro tip: combine this book with Peskin's and Greiner's. Deadly trio.

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