I was hoping for a reference request for a book on basic/introductory condensed matter field theory. In addition to the usual topics I am looking for books with reference to classical physics (classical Lagrangian/Hamiltonian mechanics etc). At the moment I am looking at;

  • Field theories of condensed matter physics by Fradkin.
  • Condensed matter field theory by Altland and Simons.

Does anyone have experience with either of these or similar and would you describe them as accessible or hard to read etc etc (obviously subjective but if there is a general opinion ... )? I have seen the following thread. Many thanks!

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    $\begingroup$ I have only started to read the one by altland and simons and I really like it. I find that it is very easy to read and have used it as a reference for a bunch of topics when getting into research. $\endgroup$ – Shane P Kelly Aug 27 '15 at 21:55

I think you should get Altland's book.

Fradkin's book is more advanced and covers more modern (and important) topics. It also provides an excellent bibliography. However if you try to follow the derivation and reproduce the result you are likely to be disappointed. I have read in detail the Quantum Hall effect chapter, so far I have found numerous mistakes, on top of some over-simplifications.

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