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I'm looking for a book that introduces the building blocks refer to the standard model for a course in nuclear physics. There are good books on this?


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  • $\begingroup$ Do you want the book to be popular or technical? And if technical, on what level (e.g. are you already familiar with QFT?)? $\endgroup$ – Marek Nov 24 '10 at 13:01
  • $\begingroup$ I'm an italian student in theoretical physics and I'll follow a course of QFT in the next didactic period. I'm now follow a course of nuclear physics in wich there is an introduction to the elementary particles physics and standard model and I'm looking for an introductory book to this argument $\endgroup$ – Andy Bale Nov 24 '10 at 13:16

I'd suggest Griffiths and/or Kane. Read the reviews to see whether this is the kind of books you are after.

There is also a pretty nice (if quite popular) Flip Tanedo's blog series on the topic. If you like that, I also recommend the rest of his posts $-$ they're pretty cool.


Particles and Nuclei is an excellent book, without derivations, but gets important ideas and results across. Then, a good but very short (at ~300 pages) introduction to the Standard Model is An Introduction to the Standard Model of Particle Physics. Then there is Zee's outstanding Quantum Field Theory in a Nutshell, it has short, readable chapters, although it's almost certainly useless in terms of studying for tests for you course unless the prof. specifically uses this book. Good luck!


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