An accessible and carefully structured introduction to Particle Physics, including important coverage of the Higgs Boson and recent progress in neutrino physics Fourth edition of this successful title in the Manchester Physics series Includes information on recent key discoveries including An account of the discovery of exotic hadrons, beyond the simple quark model Expanded treatments of neutrino physics and CP violation in B decays An updated account of physics beyond the standard model , including the interaction of particle physics with cosmology Additional problems in all chapters, with solutions to selected problems available on the book s website Advanced material appears in optional starred sections

11 thoughts on “Particle Physics (Manchester Physics Series)

  1. Gareth Williams Gareth Williams says:

    An undergraduate textbook that ponderously explores the foothills of particle physics Disappointingly, mathematics is studiously avoided with equations presented rather than derived In many areas a derivation would have been straightforward and would have helped the understanding.I appreciate that maths is off putting to many but this is supposed to be a physics university textbook This is a particular shame because it s the maths and the insights it gives into the universe s mechanism, that makes this corner of fundamental physics so exciting.The authors have the annoying habit of constantly referring to simple equations or diagrams introduced a few pages back when their reproduction could easily be included and would have facilitated the narrative An example on page 232 it mentions Fermi constant Gf given in 2.16 Does this refer to its definition Finding this equation on page 32 we re only rewarded with its value Gf 1.166x10 5.By comparison, the textbooks on this subject by Thomson and Griffiths while advanced, are much lucid and clearly written Griffiths, D Introduction to Elementary ParticlesThomson, M Modern Particle Physics

  2. N. Gratton N. Gratton says:

    My background I completed a Physics degree way back in 1994, with a final year option in particle physics, and now teach science at secondary school level including some A Level Physics.This is an undergraduate level 2nd or 3rd year textbook on particle physics To get the most out of it you ll need to have be mathematically confident and familiar with first year level wave mechanics and calculus.The book is well laid out and clearly explained with keywords italicised on introduction and explained Heavy use is made of Feynman diagrams, which makes things easier to follow, and there are some colour plates which help liven things up There are student problems at the end of each chapter, with answers given at the endMore advanced topics are helpfully marked with a star, with the recommendation that they can be omitted at first reading and used for reference.Overall I enjoyed an extended browse through this and bringing my knowledge of the subject up to date.The chapters are 1 Basic concepts2 Leptons and the weak interaction3 Quarks and hadrons4 Experimental methods5 Space time symmetries6 The quark model7 QCD, jets and gluons8 Quarks and partons9 Weak interactions quarks and leptons10 Weak interactions electroweak unification11 Discrete symmetries C, P, CP and CPT12 Beyond the standard modelA Relativistic kinematicsB Amplitudes and cross sectionsC The isospin formalismD Gauge TheoriesE Answers to selected questionsAn included sheet of physical constants is included.

  3. J. Brand J. Brand says:

    I can see the audience for this being divided into two camps Those who hate it and those who like it I wouldn t so far as to say love it The problem advantage of this text is that the mathematical consideration has been simplified That means that it is accessible for those who want to avoid that but the topic is inherently mathematical So it becomes a simple introduction for someone who is familiar with the language of physics but not so familiar that they want the maths The upshot is a book that is excellent as far as it goes and falls short on the last step at which point you need to go somewhere else for the maths.

  4. Gentoo Gentoo says:

    I remember the Manchester Physics Series from my undergraduate days long since past They ve got pedigree So this book represented a well founded opportunity to catch up on the current state of thinking But don t start here unless you are a physics undergraduate or a graduate refreshing your knowledge.It s clearly written and well laid out.

  5. El Loro El Loro says:

    This is described as an accessible introduction to particle physics but it is not a pop science book To get anything out of it, you need a thorough grounding in physics and its concepts You re not going to get much out of this reading it on the bus.

  6. Stuart Stuart says:

    Got this for my nephew who will be starting a physics degree in September He was thrilled for some high level reading before the course began The content of this is certainly aimed at serious academics Not one for a beginner looking for an overview of the topic There s lots of complex mathematics and physics, all with detailed explanations.

  7. William Hodgson William Hodgson says:

    My brain hurts The book is billed as an accessible introduction to particle physics and whilst it holds fascination for me, I quickly learned that you still need a few functioning brain cells than i have.It s not that the book reads like hieroglyphics, it s just bloody complicated for someone who struggles to put jam on bread.I m not really sure why I thought getting this book made sense after all, I m not trying to impress my friends with my intellect They all know I ve just discovered how to walk without involving my knuckles.Fof the intelligent amongst you I m sure this book will make a fine read For those like me, can you still get the Beano

  8. Michael Birman Michael Birman says:

    I ve read several other books in the Manchester Physics Series and I ve been impressed by the balance they maintain between mathematical rigor and conceptual clarity No book that eschews mathematics can ever be truly scientifically informative Descriptive language can only take you so far before the need for a mathematical explanation for the way nature functions, and the need for providing a physical framework and mathematical rigor as proof for scientific assertions, becomes necessary This series achieves the proper balance between qualitative discussion and quantitative analysis.Particle Physics offers up to date information on the state of the Standard Model, the latest discoveries concerning the Higgs Boson, Quarks, Symmetry, various physical interactions, Relativistic kinematics, Quantum Mechanics and Guage theories The mathematics required for full comprehension is at least at the third year undergraduate physics level, especially the manipulation of matrices, vector analysis and multivariable analysis what was once called advanced calculus Although the descriptive parts of the book can be easily read and understood, it s the mathematics that gives it its authority If you re searching for a book that provides the latest information on the state of particle physics, this is one of the better ones available.

  9. Eugene Tenenbaum... Reluctant Reader Eugene Tenenbaum... Reluctant Reader says:

    The ISBN 1118912160 Particle Physics, 4th ed is an authoritative, well planned and written, stimulating textbook, competent for first degree university level, full of mathematical methods and models, introducing the complex and nuanced subject of the fundamental constituents of matter Its suitability as a course book is enhanced by marking out the essential elements needed to form a coherent short course, by noting the difficult items, and by the inclusion of a useful set of problems with hints towards their solution.The book starts from a brief description of basic concepts in Chapter 1 The standard model of particle physics is presented gradually, without heavy math, and thus easy for undergraduates The basic properties of quarks and leptons are viewed through the interpretation of experimental data Symmetry principles and Feynman diagrams are introduced early in the book and extensively used throughout The Fourth Edition brings the book fully up to date by including an account of the discovery of exotic hadrons beyond the simple quark model, and by expanded treatments of neutrino physics and CP violation in B decays A final chapter is devoted to the continuing search for new physics beyond the standard model including the interaction of particle physics with cosmology.The book may serve as a reference thanks to the clear structure of short topics well identifiable by a simple graphic layout emphasized by black, white and blue 8 sharp plates are well done in color However, the types are pale, not distinctive, and somewhat tiring to read due to a poor typeface selection by the graphic designer or and printing Approx 142 pages of the book are shown by the .com s LOOK INSIDE function What cannot be seen is that the book is printed on good paper, though the flimsy soft cover, typical for the Wiley publications, is prone to creasing.

  10. Mom Mom says:

    it s been many years since I earned my degree Since then most of the work I do is teaching basic science fundamentals that only touches on modern physics However inspired by the movie Particle Fever I resolved to learn about the Higgs boson I appreciate the mathematical explanations and the clear writing It is, of course, a suitable textbook, but is also good for self study for someone trying to fill a lacuna in his or her physics education

  11. Darwin's Bulldog Darwin's Bulldog says:

    Love this book I have a rather old degree in Physics and was looking to update my knowledge of the standard model Most of the books I ve found were at too low a level to actually explain the physics, not going beyond simple lists of particles and analogies This volume only presumes an undergraduate level of physics and math, yet manages to elucidate the physics beautifully I finally understand the W and Z bosons and the interaction in which they participate Feynman diagrams are covered sufficiently well to explain their meaning absent the advanced math.Kudos