This book is a simple and complete introduction to Particle Physics. It consists of 14 chapters: 1) Introduction: historical notes and fundamental concepts; 2) Particle detectors; 3) Particle accelerators; 4) Electromagnetic interactions; 5) Other fundamental interactions: a first look; 6) Invariance and conservation principles; 7) Hadron interactions at low energies and the static quark model; 8) Weak interactions and neutrinos; 9) Discoveries with electron-positron collisions; 10) High energy interactions and the dynamical quark model; 11) The Standard Model; 12) CP violations and particle oscillations; 13) Macrocosm and Microcosm; 13) Fundamental aspects of nucleon interactions. In addition five appendices are deserved to review some technical aspects. The main purpose of the book is to supply a complete overview on the modern Particle Physics, in particular, the Standard Model, the quark model and the flavor physics. The book is intended for graduate and post-graduate students and requires only a basic knowledge of quantum mechanics and mathematics. Both theoretical and experimental aspects of Particle Physics are illustrated in an easy and exhaustive way. Although the book is an elementary introduction to Particle Physics, some advanced concepts, such as Feynman diagrams, gauge theories, renormalization, are sketched in a simple and easy to understand way. The authors pursue a pedagogical pattern which not necessarily follows the historical developments. Many modern aspects of the Particle Physics are faced, in particular the precision measurements performed by LEP, the research of the Higgs boson, future physics at LHC, the results by BaBar and Belle experiments, neutrino mass and oscillations. Also some aspects of physics beyond the Standard Model (i.e., supersymmetry, GUT’s, with a little excursus to open problems in astroparticle physics) are outlined. The book is self-consistent and gives a complete panoramic to modern particle physics and for this reason is suitable for elementary courses in Particle Physics as well as an introduction to advanced courses.

Reviewer:

Montanino Daniele (Salento)