This user-friendly book on group theory introduces topics in as simple a manner as possible and then gradually develops those topics into more advanced ones, eventually building up to the current state-of-the-art. By using simple examples from physics and mathematics, the advanced topics become logical extensions of ideas already introduced. In addition to being used as a textbook, this book would also be useful as a reference guide for graduates and researchers in particle, nuclear and hadron physics.
Table of Contents
Basic Symmetry Concepts. Group Theory. Unitary Symmetry. Permutation Symmetry. Young Diagrams. Electro-Weak Interaction Symmetries. Quantum Chromodynamics (QCD). Quark Model. MIT Bag Model. Hadron Physics. Symmetries in Nuclei. Quarks in Nuclei. Quark-Gluon Plasma (QGP). Topology for Hadrons and Nuclei. Matrices. Linear Vector Space. Representation Theory. Symmetry in Quantum Mechanics. Symmetry and the Space-Time Structure. Lorentz and Poincare Groups. Introduction to Topology. Solution of Problems.