Are there books on Regularization and Renormalization, in the context of quantum field theory at an Introductory level? Could you suggest one?

Added: I posted at math.SE the question Reference request: Introduction to mathematical theory of Regularization and accepted this answer by Willie Wong.


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Check out the following 3 articles and 2 books:

  1. Regularization Renormalization and Dimensional Analysis: Dimensional Regularization meets Freshman E&M Published in the american journal of physics (can be found also on hep-ph, but slightly different with less references)
  2. Regularization, from Murayama's course of QFT at Berkeley
  3. A Hint of Renormalization
  4. A more general detailed, still introductory, treatment including renormalization would be the book Renormalization Methods: A Guide For Beginners
  5. A. Zee's book QFT in a Nutshell

Anyway, I hope that was useful


  • $\begingroup$ Thanks! It is useful indeed. I think the example of the infinite line of charge in the 1st article is a good starting point for me (as a retired electrical engineer) to learn with time this subject. $\endgroup$ Aug 7, 2011 at 21:18
  • $\begingroup$ I have updated the 1st link, please recheck it, also here is another link for the same article which looks like slides for a talk hep.wisc.edu/cteq11/lectures/Olness_DimReg.pdf $\endgroup$
    – Revo
    Aug 7, 2011 at 21:34
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    $\begingroup$ Hadn't seen it before, but that note from the Berkeley QFT class is outstanding! $\endgroup$
    – Gerben
    Aug 8, 2011 at 13:50

See also my tutorial paper Renormalization without infinities - a tutorial, which discusses renormalization on a much simpler level than quantum field theory.

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    $\begingroup$ vixra.org/abs/1003.0235 my paper on zeta regularization and resummation to obtain finite results for integrals. $\endgroup$ May 27, 2013 at 17:14
  • $\begingroup$ @JoseJavierGarcia Thanks for the link to your paper! I have seen your comment now. $\endgroup$ May 1, 2015 at 22:41

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