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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?

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    $\begingroup$ Special relativity, then quantum field theory and then you are ready to tackle the SM. $\endgroup$
    – Hunter
    Mar 20, 2014 at 3:41

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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
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  • $\begingroup$ Maggiore's book is relatively new, and I think it is a superb introduction to the subject. I also think Lewis Ryder's book is excellent, but more advanced and with more detail than Maggiore. $\endgroup$
    – innisfree
    Mar 20, 2014 at 9:47
  • $\begingroup$ The list I proposed is by no means exhaustive. There are other very good books out there. Ryder's is a very good one indeed :) $\endgroup$
    – DrD
    Mar 20, 2014 at 10:08

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