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my advisor's new book

He's been writing this textbook for several years... finally got it finished and now it's pre-orderable on Amazon. I learned at least partially out of this book, when it was in the form of a loose collection of notes. But I've never actually read it in its later form, with chapters and everything. My guess is, unless you have a great teacher like Tom around to explain it in person, (or if your name is Nathan Seiberg), it's probably difficult to learn from for a first encounter. But if you've seen some basic quantum field theory before somewhere, it should definitely be good to give you a deeper perspective on it. Then again, maybe I should shut up and actually read the whole thing before trying to comment on it.

He spent a long time trying to obtain permission to get this artwork on the cover... I'm not sure why it was so important to him to be the cover, but it is a pretty neat piece of art.



'... an excellent textbook for a first encounter with quantum field theory and an essential reference for senior physicists. It presents the topic from a modern and streamlined perspective with beautiful and fresh explanations and clarifies many common misconceptions ... Thomas Banks is one of the deepest theoretical physicists and one of the best teachers in the field.' Nathan Seiberg, Princeton University

'After reading this book, I'll never teach field theory in the same way again. Banks provides a modern, insightful treatment of the basic structure of quantum field theory, including anomalies, solitons and instantons. Perhaps most remarkable is his treatment of renormalization and the renormalization group, which ... succeeds in presenting the conceptual framework ... while providing the reader with the tools necessary for practical calculations.' Michael Dine, University of California, Santa Cruz

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anima_engine
Sep. 15th, 2008 12:26 pm (UTC)
I <3 Joan Miró! Excellent choice of illustration for the subject.
luxvalence
Sep. 17th, 2008 07:28 am (UTC)
Whoa. It's Miro. That's some pretty serious artwork - no wonder it took him so long to secure the right to publish it!
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