Assuming that a person has understanding of theory of Lie groups, Lie algebras and basic quantum mechanics, what is the simplest route to gain a basic understanding of the SM of particle physics? Are there any particular books suited for people with this background?
A very good introduction is "Introduction to Elementary Particles" by David Griffiths. Then, if you really want to get into the nitty gritty, jump to a text on quantum field theory, such as:
- "Quantum Field Theory" by Franz Mandl and Graham Shaw
- "Quantum Field Theory in a Nutshell" by A. Zee, specially if you have any background in the path integral formulation of quantum mechanics
- "An Introduction to Quantum Field Theory" by Michael E. Peskin and Daniel V. Schroeder
- "A Modern Introduction to Quantum Field Theory" by Michele Maggiore