The Standard Model is the theory of the elementary building
blocks of matter and of their forces. It is the most
comprehensive physical theory ever developed, and has been
experimentally tested with high accuracy. This textbook conveys
the basic elements of the Standard Model using elementary
concepts, without theoretical rigour. While most texts on this
subject emphasise theoretical aspects, this textbook contains
examples of basic experiments, before going into the theory.
This allows readers to see how measurements and theory interplay
in the development of physics. The author examines leptons,
hadrons and quarks, before presenting the dynamics and
surprising properties of the charges of the different forces.
The textbook concludes with a brief discussion on the recent
discoveries in physics beyond the Standard Model, and its
connections with cosmology. Quantitative examples are given
throughout the book, and the reader is guided through the
necessary calculations. Each chapter ends in exercises so
readers can test their understanding of the material. Solutions
to some problems are included in the book, and complete
solutions are available to instructors at www.cambridge.org/
9780521880213. This textbook is suitable for advanced
undergraduate students and graduate students.