Quantum field theory.

*(English)*Zbl 1113.81002
Cambridge: Cambridge University Press (ISBN 978-0-521-86449-7/hbk; 978-0-511-26720-8/ebook). xxi, 641 p. (2007).

There are numerous books on quantum field theory. Only few of them try to make the subject accessible to beginners, i.e. graduate students wishing to learn the fundaments of particle physics. The book of Srednicki belongs to this category. Prerequisites are a good knowledge of quantum mechanics, special relativity, and Maxwell theory. Noticeably, a logical rather than historical development of the subject has been chosen here. The book has three major parts: I. Spin Zero, II. Spin One Half, III. Spin One. Each of these parts is divided into numerous sections, followed by problems for the students.

The author though regrets a number of deficiencies. One is a rather low level of mathematics. Another is the lack of applications to condensed matter. Still another is that there are no hints to the original literature. On the other hand, the reader finds sections on advanced subjects as path integral quantization, BRST symmetry, instantons, supersymmetry, grand unification and so on. I think the book will prove to be a good choice for future courses on quantum field theory with an emphasis on the Standard Model of particle physics. Though there may be instructors who will disagree with the pedagogical choices by the author.

The author though regrets a number of deficiencies. One is a rather low level of mathematics. Another is the lack of applications to condensed matter. Still another is that there are no hints to the original literature. On the other hand, the reader finds sections on advanced subjects as path integral quantization, BRST symmetry, instantons, supersymmetry, grand unification and so on. I think the book will prove to be a good choice for future courses on quantum field theory with an emphasis on the Standard Model of particle physics. Though there may be instructors who will disagree with the pedagogical choices by the author.

Reviewer: Gert Roepstorff (Aachen)