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  History of QFT after 1973

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Where I can read about history of development quantum field theory after 1973?
I'm interested in historical reviews, like as first chapter of the Weinberg's book.

This post imported from StackExchange Physics at 2014-11-30 09:01 (UTC), posted by SE-user S.M.Quantum
asked Nov 30, 2014 in Resources and References by S.M.Quantum (0 points) [ no revision ]
retagged Nov 30, 2014
Is this a history-type book you want, or a "textbook published recently that includes things since 1973" type request?

This post imported from StackExchange Physics at 2014-11-30 09:01 (UTC), posted by SE-user Kyle Kanos
I'm interested in historical reviews, like as first chapter of the Weinberg's book

This post imported from StackExchange Physics at 2014-11-30 09:01 (UTC), posted by SE-user S.M.Quantum
This is really broad, but it's borderline-good for HSM. I'm only doubtful because of it's large scope.

This post imported from StackExchange Physics at 2014-11-30 09:01 (UTC), posted by SE-user HDE 226868
Come on, this can't be too broad, books that systematically account for the QFT history after 1970s must be very rare.

This post imported from StackExchange Physics at 2014-11-30 09:01 (UTC), posted by SE-user Jia Yiyang

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David Gross' historical review "Twenty five years of asymptotic freedom"  outlines various attempts to build a theory of the strong force and how asymptotic freedom helped complete the standard model.


answered Dec 16, 2014 by Galois (25 points) [ no revision ]
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answered Dec 1, 2014 by Vladimir Kalitvianski (102 points) [ no revision ]
Thanks for this link, this is amazing. Sometimes a little history is needed to fully grasp the physics.
In fact, there are many talks/presentations by David Gross on YouTube; all of them concern history of QFT.
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Try the volume "History of Original Ideas and Basic Discoveries in Particle Physics", Springer, 1996, many distinguished authors, http://link.springer.com/book/10.1007/978-1-4613-1147-8. If you have an appropriate institutional account with Springer, you can download the whole 149 Megabytes, about a thousand pages. This includes a 26 page article by David Gross, "Asymptotic Freedom, Confinement and QCD" that is presumably similar to the slightly later arXiv paper mentioned in an earlier Answer, http://arxiv.org/abs/hep-th/9809060.

[This jumped out, and not just for QED, when I searched Springer for "History QED". There are others, and of course one could search other publishers or on Web of Science.]

answered Dec 16, 2014 by Peter Morgan (1,230 points) [ no revision ]
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arXiv:1412.4094 (*cross-listing*)
Date: Fri, 12 Dec 2014 19:32:20 GMT   (200kb)

Title: The Standard Model of Particle Physics
Authors: Tom W.B. Kibble
Categories: physics.hist-ph hep-ph hep-th
Comments: Text of an invited talk at 25 Anniversary Meeting of Academia Europaea, September 2013. 7 pp. To be published in European Journal
  This is a historical account from my personal perspective of the development over the last few decades of the standard model of particle physics. The model is based on gauge theories, of which the first was quantum electrodynamics, describing the interactions of electrons with light. This was later incorporated into the electroweak theory, describing electromagnetic and weak nuclear interactions. The standard model also includes quantum chromodynamics, the theory of the strong nuclear interactions. The final capstone of the model was the Higgs particle discovered in 2012 at CERN. But the model is very far from being the last word; there are still many gaps in our understanding.
\\ ( http://arxiv.org/abs/1412.4094 ,  200kb)

Unfortunately, his list of references is not what you'd call extensive.

answered Dec 15, 2014 by Peter Morgan (1,230 points) [ no revision ]
+1, but this seems to aim too much at lay audience.

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