Showing of 3 reviews. Top Reviews Most recent Top Reviews. There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later. Format: Paperback Verified Purchase. I bought this book more than a year ago, and it took me a long time to make progress in my spare time. Let me summarize it up front: it is a true gem, and it is a great reference book. However, it will never make it as a textbook for a second advanced Graduate course on Quantum Field Theory QFT , or even for an advanced graduate seminar class.
Its approach and its contents are too formal in the mathematical sense even for most theoretical physicists. If you don't already know a great deal about the general topics covered in this book before you read it, you probably will not learn them by reading this book. You will learn the rigorous foundations of all of these explained in glorious and sometimes hard to follow mathematical details. The book starts with a formal review of Dirac's treatment of the constrained Hamiltonian systems, followed by the second chapter on the Geometry of constraint surfaces.
Frankly the second chapter adds little value to the later discussion.
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Feel free to skip it for the first read. Chapter 3 is very important: Gauge Invariance and its relationship to the constrained Dirac-Hamiltonian formalism.
Once again I would recommend skipping chapters 4 and 5 on the first read, if you are anxious to reach the real core stuff as quickly as possible. Chapters 6 and 7 cover Fermionic degrees of freedom with anti-commuting Grassmann variables. These two are simple and straightforward chapters for anybody who has completed a one year graduate course on QFT.
The real meat of the book starts in Chapter 8. This is why I read this book in the first place. I was familiar with the BRST symmetry to the extent that most physicists are, i. After reading these seven chapters I learned a lot more about the beautiful mathematical foundations behind this symmetry, and its implications for the field theories.
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Even so, I think I only got a glimpse of what's there. I definitely need a second and maybe a third read to clarify what I still do not understand. In fact, making progress was rather difficult for me starting with Chapter 9 and onwards.
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The authors are very strongly mathematically inclined and often make statements which must be obvious to them, but were not to me. Just as an example take the mini section 9. However, the statements made there are either trivial or very profound, I cannot fathom which. I effectively stopped reading the book after Chapter 16, and I never read Chapters 17 and 18 which are about the anti-field methods which I was not interested in. Ironically, the last two chapters 18 and 19 are the simplest material in this book and should be familiar to any student who completed a standard graduate level QFT class before.
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