Providing a comprehensive introduction to quantum field theory, this textbook covers the development of particle physics from its foundations to the discovery of the Higgs boson Its combination of clear physical explanations, with direct connections to experimental data, and mathematical rigor make the subject accessible to students with a wide variety of backgrounds and interests Assuming only an undergraduate level understanding of quantum mechanics, the book steadily develops the Standard Model and state of the art calculation techniques It includes multiple derivations of many important results, with modern methods such as effective field theory and the renormalization group playing a prominent role Numerous worked examples and end of chapter problems enable students to reproduce classic results and to master quantum field theory as it is used today Based on a course taught by the author over many years, this book is ideal for an introductory to advanced quantum field theory sequence or for independent study