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AriAstronomer
2011-May-09, 04:11 PM
Hey everyone,
So for some research I'm doing this summer I'm supposed to get familiar with QCD/QED from at least a qualitative standpoint. Does anyone know of any talks, articles, pages, etc. that explains it really well? I know wiki has something and I've been there, but any supplemental material not too crazy on math would be nice.
Thanks,
Ari

Strange
2011-May-09, 04:27 PM
There are the Feynman lectures: http://vega.org.uk/video/subseries/8 and his book: http://www.amazon.com/QED-Strange-Theory-Light-Matter/dp/0691024170

These are both good; both definitely qualitative (perhaps even basic, depending on the level you want, but a good introduction). I prefer the book just because it isn't a video and therefore infinitely more accessible.

noncryptic
2011-May-10, 04:22 PM
QCD authority Frank Wilczek (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frank_Wilczek) has presented a number of lectures and published a book or two on the matter of QCD.

The Lightness of Being: Mass, Ether, and the Unification of Forces
http://www.amazon.com/Lightness-Being-Ether-Unification-Forces/dp/0465003214
http://www.lightnessofbeingbook.com/

google video: Wilczek QCD
http://www.google.com/search?q=Wilczek+QCD&tbo=p&tbm=vid

AriAstronomer
2011-May-10, 04:45 PM
ahhh the vega lectures, I remember watching those long ago! I'll definitely go through them again. I'll take a look at the books and hopefully it will clarify things.
Thanks guys,
Ari

Cougar
2011-May-11, 12:11 AM
QCD authority Frank Wilczek (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frank_Wilczek).... The Lightness of Being: Mass, Ether, and the Unification of Forces

Yes, I was going to suggest, Ari, that on these subjects, you should be asking for books, not articles. Of course, Feynman's QED is the classic lay-accessible lecture/description giving one a sense of quantum electrodynamics.

But then, as noncryptic points out, there's Wilczek's Lightness of Being, which I highly, highly recommend to all readers. It will blow your mind, as we used to say. :cool:

Amber Robot
2011-May-11, 02:33 AM
I second the suggestion of Feynman's book QED.

Tensor
2011-May-11, 04:53 PM
I would recommend "The Theory of Almost Everything" by Robert Oerter (http://www.amazon.com/Theory-Almost-Everything-Standard-Triumph/dp/0132366789). He starts with the marriage of Electricity and Magnetism, goes to Relativity and Noether's theorem.

He then moves on to QED, describes the difference between Feynman and Schwinger's approach. He then goes on with the strong force, the particle "zoo" and then QCD, Quarks, gluons and then to symmetry breaking for the weak force and how that unites the weak force with EM.

All through the previous, he talks about the different contributions of the various scientists to Quantum Field Theory. With all that behind him, he explains how the standard model fits all of the previous explanations fit together.

At the end of the book, he goes into some of the ideas for physics beyond the standard model (string theory, neutrinos with mass, inflation in the Big Bang (this, in large part and in a general sense, deals more with particle physics and less with astrophysics). The only thing he really doesn't go over is gravity, hence the title.