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Gauge Field Theory for Dummies

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We all read about the detection of a "Higgs-like" particle at CERN last year. But what the heck is a gauge field theory and how can it be used to predict anything? The book "Quantum Field Theory" by Michio Kaku contains excellent and accessible explanations of most of this. I'd like to walk through some portions of this book. Topics of interest:

definitions and easy examples of gauge theories propagators diagrams renormalization computations