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Introduction to Elementary Particles [Paperback]

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In Introduction to Elementary Particles, Second, Revised Edition, author David Griffiths strikes a balance between quantitative rigor and intuitive understanding, using a lively, informal style. The first chapter provides a detailed historical introduction to the subject, while subsequent chapters offer a quantitative presentation of the Standard Model. A simplified introduction to the Feynman rules, based on a "toy" model, helps readers learn the calculational techniques without the complications of spin. It is followed by accessible treatments of quantum electrodynamics, the strong and weak interactions, and gauge theories. New chapters address neutrino oscillations and prospects for physics beyond the Standard Model. The book contains a number of worked examples and many end-of-chapter problems. A complete solution manual is available for instructors.
  • Revised edition of a well-established text on elementary particle physics
  • With a number of worked examples and many end-of-chapter problems
  • Helps the student to master the Feynman rules
  • Solution manual available for instructors

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Pages   454
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 1" Width: 6.75" Height: 9.5"
Weight:   2 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Oct 20, 2008
Publisher   Wiley-VCH
ISBN  3527406018  
ISBN13  9783527406012  

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Bridge between QM and QFT  Jul 8, 2008
This book will get you from Griffiths' Intro to QM to Peskin & Schroeder's Quantum Field Theory. Guaranteed.

But don't buy it.

Seriously. The book was published in 1987 and a new edition is coming out this summer, in time, presumably, for the fall term. Wait for that one (neutrinos will actually have mass in this edition).
marvelous introduction to the subject  Jun 2, 2008
This book is a marvelous introduction to the subject, suitable for undergraduates. Nothing important is left out, the explanations are clear, the problems very illuminating, the text carefully proofread and almost error-free. I highly recommend this book to anyone with a basic undergraduate-level background in physics and math who wants to learn the essence of the subject. I'm not surprised a paperback edition is finally coming out: the demand must be very large.
Do yourself a favor - BUY THIS BOOK NOW  Jul 17, 2007

I find it hard to describe to you in words how much I love this book. I am just speechless! This book will take you by the hand and spoon feed you all the important concepts and calculation steps. If you are thinking of pursuing a high energy physics and trying to find the very first book to read on this subject, Griffiths is THE ONE.

Reading QFT books before this book is in my opinion a NO-GO. Trust me from someone that has been there! You lose insight immediately and get taken down hard by the unfamiliar math. Griffiths knows how to explain things and always keeps in close contact with the actual physics. You will never lose motivation / insights into what's going on.

Take my word for it. BUY THIS BOOK NOW! You will save hundreds of hours invested on other books that claim to be "good". There are none of this kind.

After Griffiths, proceed to Ryder's QFT, and then Peskins. Then and only then will you finally see the light of the day. There are not other routes to the promised land.
The perfect introduction  Aug 30, 2004
This is the perfect introduction for any student learning about particle physics, the Standard Model, or Quantum Field Theory. It introduces Feynman calculus very well, although anyone planning to continue will need Peskin & Schroeder's book as well for the details not introduced here. This book contains an excellent appendix with all formulae and rules needed for even an advanced researcher.
Griffiths defines "Introductory Course"  Sep 3, 2003
David Griffiths' texts are indispensable for any beginner, and are used to "translate" more advanced texts. I used his "Quantum Mechanics" to fill in the gaps at the advanced graduate level, and his "Electrodynamics" was essential to understanding Jackson. I'm sorry that I waited so long to purchase his "Elementary Particles".

This book contains all the background that professors expect you to have already been exposed to: particle classification schemes, the November Revolution, relativistic kinematics, and fundamental force overviews. Griffiths then goes on to discuss Feynman rules, QED, QCD, electroweak and gauge theories. Griffiths also works out some essential problems, like muon decay, that you will want to see done, but I think it is done better by Lahiri and Pal (that, however, is a field theory book, which might be more advanced than is necessary to some people in particle physics).

This is a great text for anyone starting out in particle physics and for anyone who needs to review the fundamentals. My only bone with Griffiths is that sometimes more of the work is left to the reader than is appropriate (those problems worked out in gory detail are a godsend when you genuinely aren't getting the point).


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