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time for buying textbooks again

I don't know what I'm ever going to do with half the textbooks I have. And it seems every quarter they expand the list of textbooks we're supposed to have; as if I could ever read all of these in one quarter! Here's the list of textbooks they listed for us on the syllabus for the two classes I'm taking... whatever happened to the days when a single textbook was enough for a 3 month course in something? huh?

Course: Quantum Field Theory III

Required Textbooks:

Introduction to Gauge Field Theory by D. Bailin and A. Love
Introduction to Quantum Field Theory by Michael Peskin and Daniel Schroeder [*]

Recommended Textbooks:

Gauge Field Theories by Stefan Pokorski
Gauge Field Theories by Paul H. Frampton
Gauge Theory of Elementary Particles by Ta-Pei Cheng and Ling-Fong Li
Gauge Theories in Particle Physics Volume II: QCD and the Electroweak Theory by I.J.R. Aitchison and A.J.G. Hey
Gauge Theories of the Strong and Electroweak Interaction by Manfred Bohm, Ansgar Denner, and Hans Joos.

Other Useful Texts:

Quantum Field Theories by Lewis H. Ryder [*]
The Quantum Theory of Fields, Vol. 2 by Steven Weinberg
Quantum Field Theory by Claude Itzykson and Jean-Bernard Zuber
Quantum Electrodynamics by V.B. Berestetskii, E.M. Lifshitz and L.P. Pitaevskii
Field Theory: A Modern Primer by Pierre Ramond

Course: Group Theory in Physics

Required Textbooks: Group Theory in Physics by Wu-Ki Tung, Lie Algebras in Particle Physics 2nd Ed. by Howard Georgi

Optional Textbooks: he listed off at least 4 of them in class, but he didn't actually put them on the syllabus so it's not quite as obnoxious.

[*] already have

The other "class" I'm signed up for is this seminar series, but for some reason even though it says in the course catalogue here that it meets on Wednesdays, I found out today that it really meets on Thursdays (or possibly Tuesdays, depending on two contradictory things I was told) which conflicts with the office hours I set up. The students aren't going to be happy if I start switching around my office hours, but that might be just what I have to do.


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Mar. 31st, 2005 04:43 pm (UTC)
I'm doing an independent study on group theory with phil phys professor and a couple phil phys students. I'm going to look for those books in our library.

Maybe I'll bug you when I'm lost. ;)
Mar. 31st, 2005 05:59 pm (UTC)
cool, I'm (pleasantly) surprised to see philosophers taking an interest in it... I wouldn't have thought of it as one of the more philosophically puzzling aspects of physics. But then again, it is pretty fundamental to our understanding of particle physics. Group theory is used to study symmetry which holds a highly privledged position as the generator of conservation laws... which is probably the only reason we're able to study physics in the first place (the fact that anything happens to be conserved.)

On the first day this quarter the professor said "Why is group theory important in particle physics? Because the group structure of the various particles are all we know about them. And all we know about anything!" I think he was exaggerating a bit, and I wouldn't have said it quite this way... clearly there's more going on, but it gives an impression of the importance many physicists assign to these ideas.

I don't know how the two textbooks we're using rate compared to others... there are a large number of similar books, written by various people. Here's another list.
Mar. 31st, 2005 09:18 pm (UTC)
I have Georgi's little book Lie Algebras in Particle Physics... It's one of my favorite books, maybe because in so little space it contains so many juicy bits of theory. It's difficult, though, for the same reason. My main complaint about that book is that the binding is terrible. I've only had mine for a few months and the pages are yellowing and the cover is falling off. I expected better. Before the 2nd edition was published, Georgi had it available from his webside in PDF format. I'd love to find a copy of that PDF file—I think Kinkos could print up a better quality edition than Addison Wesley did. Sadly it is not in archive.org. Maybe the hardbound edition is better.

You might be way beyond it in level, but otherwise you might enjoy Quantum Field Theory in a Nutshell.

How is Wu-Ki Tung's book? I am looking for a good reference on this sort of stuff.
Mar. 31st, 2005 09:20 pm (UTC)
By the way, my friend auressiel just got into UCSC for physics grad school. I think she might visiting right now... If you have any words to the wise about students considering UCSC.
Mar. 31st, 2005 10:11 pm (UTC)
Hmmm, cool. I have a list of 8 students who are visiting, and I see two Tristen's but no Kristen. Maybe she's coming on another day besides tomorrow, though.

This year we were extra selective because we had way too many people accept the offer last year... I noticed by the list of schools the prospectives are coming from that we took only the top applicants (Caltech, Harvard, Berkeley, 2 from UCSB, William & Mary, Michigan, and CalPoly are the 8 I see on the list.) Usually it's a lot more mixed. At any rate, from what I hear it was a tough year for acceptance all around so your friend should be quite proud.

Anyway, I'll be sure to welcome her and give her good advice if I see her here!
Mar. 31st, 2005 10:16 pm (UTC)
Sounds like UCSC is an up-and-coming place.

Another of my friends was admitted to MIT, McGill, Caltech, and Stanford, but rejected by UCSC, Berkeley, and UCLA.
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