- Publisher: Springer Verlag
- Format: Paperback | 573 pages
- Dimensions: 155mm x 229mm x 36mm | 794g
- Publication date: 1 October 2011
- Publication City/Country: Milan
- ISBN 10: 8847015030
- ISBN 13: 9788847015036
- Edition statement: 2012 ed.
- Illustrations note: 55 black & white illustrations, biography
- Sales rank: 1,577,780
The first two chapters of the book deal, in a detailed way, with relativistic kinematics and dynamics, while in the third chapter some elementary concepts of General Relativity are given. Eventually, after an introduction to tensor calculus, a Lorentz covariant formulation of electromagnetism is given its quantization is developed.For a proper treatment of invariance and conservation laws in physics, an introductory chapter on group theory is given. This introduction is propedeutical to the discussion of conservation laws in the Lagrangian and Hamiltonian formalism, which will allow us to export this formalism to quantum mechanics and, in particular, to introduce linear operators on quantum states and their transformation laws. In the last part of the book we analyze, in the first quantized formalism, relativistic field theory for both boson and fermion fields. The second quantization of free fields is then introduced and some preliminary concepts of perturbation theory and Feynmann diagrams are given and some relevant examples are worked out.
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From the reviews: "This textbook covers, step-by-step, important topics in special relativity, relativistic dynamics, the equivalence principle and the Einstein equation ... interaction and the S-matrix, divergent diagrams and renormalization. ... They are all explained in a simple but mathematically rigorous way, and so this textbook provides a thorough grounding for students planning to enter research in theoretical physics. The goal here is to formulate the main contemporary concepts for a one-year course." (Gert Roepstorff, Zentralblatt MATH, Vol. 1238, 2012) "The aim of this textbook is to provide a path from classical, relativistic mechanics to QED. ... the book provides an insightful discussion of classical physics ... . It is very useful for lecturers who look for a bit of extra insight and material for a course on classical mechanics, and especially special relativity. It is also a great addition for curious students who feel somewhat unsatisfied with standard texts on these topics." (Axel Maas, Mathematical Reviews, January, 2013)
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This books aims at filling a gap between the basics courses of classical and quantum mechanics and advanced courses of (relativistic) quantum mechanics and field theory. Particular emphasis is given to the role of symmetry in modern theoretical physics. For this reason this book is particularly suited to those students who are interested in a deeper knowledge of modern developments in elementary particle physics and relativity, even if they choose not to specialize in this branch of research. This target of readers includes, besides experimental and applied physicists, also those engineers who need advanced notions of theoretical high energy physics, in view of future research activity in the field theory approach to condensed matter, in accelerator physics and in all those modern technology sectors which require a more advanced and sophisticated theoretical physics background. Courses motivated by these objectives are present in several polytechnic institutes around the world. The last chapters of this book, in particular, are of particular importance to those engineers who plan to work in high energy physics research centres, like LHC at CERN, or to collaborate to experiments on the revelation of gravitational waves. As far as engineering is concerned, it is important to stress that elementary Special and General Relativity courses are often absent in their curricula.