I on the other hand enjoyed Itzykson & Zuber’s textbook. It was very clear, . Real men learn QFT from the collected works of Julian Schwinger. Itzykson C., Zuber J.B., Quantum field theory. One of my personal This book will teach you that there is another way to do QFT. One that is. C. Itzykson and J.-B. Zuber, Quantum Field Theory, McGraw-Hill, Corresponding chapters in books of Ryder, Peskin & Schroeder and Srednicki.

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There’s a fairly standard two or three-semester curriculum for introductory quantum field theory, which covers topics such as:. Before answering, please see our policy on resource recommendation questions.

Please write substantial answers that detail the style, content, and prerequisites of the book, paper or other resource. Explain the nature of the resource so that readers can decide which one is best suited for them rather than relying on the opinions of others.

Answers containing only a reference to a book or paper will be removed! David Tong’s lecture notes. These are very basic and intuitive, and may be a good starting point for someone who has never acquainted themselves with QFT.

My suggestion is to skim over these notes, and not to get hung up on the details. Timo Weigand’s lecture notes. I find these notes to be more precise than those of Tong, itzykso I like them more. Sidney Coleman’s lecture notes.

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The name of the author should be enough to make it clear that these notes are a must-read. The approach is somewhat idiosyncratic, and the text is very conversational and contains several interesting historical notes about the development of the theory, in which the author had a considerable role.

Great notes to read at least once, but don’t expect to learn everything there is to know there; they are meant as an introduction. Important but advanced topics are not discussed. These notes are great if you are looking for a lecture-style as opposed to textbook-style discussion of some advanced topics. I really like these notes, because the exposition is modern, and they discuss many different topics without going into unnecessary details or becoming overly technical.

The appendices are particularly useful IMHO. This might be one of the best introductory textbooks out there. It is not overly technical and it covers a wide range of different topics, always from a very intuitive and modern point of view. The concepts are well motivated when introduced, and their role is usually more or less clear.

This book thought me some very useful techniques that I have been using ever since. Mark Srednicki, Quantum Field Theory. I really like the organisation and design of the book, which consists of around a hundred of short and essentially self-contained chapters that introduce a single topic, discuss it in the necessary level of detail, and move on to the next topic. The discourse is linear which is not always easy to archivein the sense that it flows naturally from topic to topic, from easy to difficult.


The only drawback of this book is that IMHO some derivations are oversimplified, and the author fails to explicitly state the omission of some technical complications. I consider it more of a reference textbook where I can check single chapters when I need to refresh some concept. One of my personal favourites.

The book is very precise on the level of rigour of physicsand it contains dozens of detailed and complicated derivations that most books tend to omit. I’m not sure this book is very good as an introduction; the first few chapters are accessible but the book quickly gains momentum. Beginners may find the book slightly too demanding on a first read due to the level of detail and generality it contains.

Unfortunately, it is starting to have an old feel. Not outdated, but at some points the approach is slightly obsolete by today’s standards. As with Coleman, and even more so, the mere name of the author should be a good enough reason to read this series of books.

Weinberg, one of the founding fathers of quantum field theory, presents in these books his very own way to understand the framework. His approach is very idiosyncratic but, IMHO, much more logical than the rest of books. Weinberg’s approach is very general and rigorous on the level of physicistsand it left me with a very satisfactory opinion on quantum field theory: Make sure to read it at least once.

This is a very long and thorough book, which contains material that cannot easily be found elsewhere. I haven’t read all of it, but I loved some of its chapters.

His definition and characterisation of functional integrals, and his analysis of renormalisation and divergences are flawless. The philosophy of the book is great, and the level of detail and rigour is always adequate.

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Very good book altogether. The perfect book is yet to be written, but if something comes close it’s DeWitt’s book. It is the best book I’ve read so far. If you want precision and generality, you can’t do better than this.

The book is daunting and mathematically demanding and the notation is I’ve mentioned this book many times alreadyand I’ll continue to do so. In a perfect world, this would be the standard QFT textbook. In spite of its title, I’m not sure mathematicians will find this book particularly clear or useful. On the other hand, I – as a physicist – found some chapters of this book very useful myself. The book is rather precise in its statements, and the author is upfront about technical difficulties and the ill-definedness is this a word?

I very much recommend giving it a read. This book will teach you that there is ltzykson way to do QFT. It is rigorous and precise, but it addresses the problems physicists care about i. In essence, the book presents the so-called causal approach to QFT, which is the only way to make computations rigorous.

This is archived by treating distributions with respect, instead of pretending that they are regular functions. The precise definition of superficial degree of divergence and momentum-space subtraction is particularly beautiful. The book left me delighted: QFT is not that itykson after all.

Initially intended to be a six-volume set, although I believe the author only got to publish the first three qct, each of which is more than a thousand pages long! Needless to say, with that many pages the book is painfully slow.


It will ityzkson walk you through each and every aspect zjber QFT, but it takes the author twenty pages to explain what others would explain in two paragraphs. This is a double-edged sword: To each their own I guess, but I cannot say I love this book; I prefer more concise treatments.

Not a QFT book per se, but it contains a lot of material that is essential if one wants to formulate and understand QFT properly. The presentation is very general and detailed, itzyksln the statements are very precise and rigorous.

A wonderful book without a doubt. Todorov, General principles of quantum field theory. A standard reference for mathematically precise treatments. It omits many topics that are important to physicists, but the ones they analyse, they do so in a perfectly rigorous and thorough manner. I believe mathematicians will like itzylson book much more than physicists.

For one thing, it will not teach you how most physicists think about QFT. A lovely book nevertheless; make sure to check out the index so that you will remember what is there in case you need it some time in the future.

Similar to above, but much more approachable.

The subtitle “A Tourist Guide for Mathematicians” is zber descriptive. It will walk you through several important topics, but it won’t in zber get your hands dirty with the details. If you care about the formalisation of Feynman diagrams and perturbation theory, I cannot recommend this book enough or, otzykson least, its first few chapters; I cannot really speak for the last one.

It is a lovely short book. Wightman, PCT, spin and statistics and all that. It is short and clean, and it contains many interesting remarks. A very complete collection of useful techniques that are essential to perturbative calculations, from analytic to numerical methods. It provides a good intro to the subject. It is perhaps too complete for beginners. The most complete and comprehensive approach to quantum field theory is certainly Steven Weinberg’s series Volume 1Volume 2Volume 3. No prior knowledge is assumed.

Everything is explained from first principles. Weinberg has an amazing physical understanding and developed a major part of QFT. If you want iitzykson deepen your understanding or if you want to learn everything including important proofs these are the perfect books for you.

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The subject is very well-explained. As a prerequisite you should have heard about quantum mechanics. Sadly, the exercises are not the most enlightening ones. I am aware you did not ask for lecture notes.

However, these provide a more pedagogical approach. There itzkyson David Tong’s lecture notes and Timo Weigand’s lecture notes.

Additionally, they provide exercises partly with solutions. As somebody who has studied field theory recently for the first time I have something itzgkson say here. The one I recommend, and the one I wish it had been recommended to me is:.

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