Princeton University Press, 2nd edition, 2003, 518 p. An esteemed
researcher and acclaimed popular author takes up the challenge of
providing a clear, relatively brief, and fully up-to-date
introduction to one of the most vital but notoriously difficult
subjects in theoretical physics. A quantum field theory text for
the twenty-first century, this book makes the essential tool of
mode theoretical physics available to any student who has
completed a course on quantum mechanics and is eager to go on.
Quantum field theory was invented to deal simultaneously with
special relativity and quantum mechanics, the two greatest
discoveries of early twentieth-century physics, but it has become
increasingly important to many areas of physics. These days,
physicists tu to quantum field theory to describe a multitude of
phenomena. Stressing critical ideas and insights, Zee uses numerous
examples to lead students to a true conceptual understanding of
quantum field theory--what it means and what it can do. He covers
an unusually diverse range of topics, including various
contemporary developments, while guiding readers through
thoughtfully designed problems. In contrast to previous texts, Zee
incorporates gravity from the outset and discusses the innovative
use of quantum field theory in mode condensed matter theory.
Without a solid understanding of quantum field theory, no student
can claim to have mastered contemporary theoretical physics.
Offering a remarkably accessible conceptual introduction, this text
will be widely welcomed and used.