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I know classical physics, quantum mechanics, special relativity, basic nuclear physics. I would like to get into some particle physics.

I want to get into that higgs boson, lepton, quark things :D

Where to start? Any books, websites, video lectures?

Mathematical rigor required!

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A personal preference when learning a new field, is to read a super introductory approach first. For that I recommend the very short introduction series. The one on particle physics is very nice.… – BBischof Nov 7 '10 at 16:34
Why don't you make it an answer? I want to upvote :-) – Pratik Deoghare Nov 7 '10 at 18:59
Why has this question not received as much attention as other book-recommendation questions? Generally the answers are many, diverse and exhaustive. – Man Jan 3 '14 at 12:20
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I would definitely recommend David Griffiths' book on particle physics. I don't have my copy with me right now, but as I recall, the book explains what the different particles of the Standard Model are, as well as the various properties of particles that are important in modern particle physics. It also introduces the basics of quantum field theory, just enough to allow you to calculate cross sections and decay rates for various reactions. Toward the end, it shows you the basic ideas behind spontaneous symmetry breaking and the Higgs mechanism, which shows you where this prediction of the Higgs boson comes from.

If you want to get into more mathematical detail, another book I could recommend is Halzen and Martin. It dates back to 1984 but the physics is still basically correct. I've found that that book takes a lot more effort to work through - that is, you actually have to slow down and think about what you're reading, and work through some of the math, but as long as you put the time in, the understanding you gain is well worth it.

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Halzen and Martin looks good +1 – Pratik Deoghare Nov 7 '10 at 10:58
@TheMachineCharmer ---yes, Griffiths looks good. A fun read is always Abraham Pais, who also wrote scientific biographies of Einstein and Bohr. His book Inward Bound just takes you up to 1988 though. – Gordon Feb 3 '11 at 19:09
Griffiths shows you how to get a number out of a Feynman diagram (I summarize this too algorithmically in my notes ). A good follow up that begins the meat-and-potatoes of Particle Physics might be Abraham Seiden's Particle Physics: A Comprehensive Introduction (Addison-Wesley, 2005). It discusses the standard model quite clearly, and understandable for undergrads! – Alex Nelson Jun 22 '12 at 16:16

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