Hidden Unity in Nature's Laws

ISBN-10: 0521659388

ISBN-13: 9780521659383

Edition: 2001

Authors: John C. Taylor
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Description: As physics has progressed through the ages it has succeeded in explaining more and more diverse phenomena with fewer and fewer underlying principles. This lucid and wide-ranging book explains how this understanding has developed by periodically uncovering unexpected 'hidden unities' in nature. The author deftly steers the reader on a fascinating path which goes to the heart of physics - the search and discovery of elegant laws which unify and simplify our understanding of the intricate Universe in which we live. Starting with the Ancient Greeks, the author traces the development of major concepts in physics right up to the present day. Throughout, the presentation is crisp and informative and only a minimum of mathematics is used. Any reader with a background in mathematics or physics will find this book a fascinating insight into the development of our fundamental understanding of the world, and the apparent simplicity underlying it.

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Book details

List price: $67.00
Copyright year: 2001
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 4/9/2001
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 508
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.50" long x 1.50" tall
Weight: 1.496
Language: English

Preface
Motion on earth and in the heavens
Energy, heat, and chance
Electricity and magnetism
Light
Space and time
Least action
Gravitation and curved spacetime
The quantum revolution
Quantum theory with special relativity
Order breaks symmetry
Quarks and what hold them together
Unifying weak forces with QED
Gravitation plus quantum theory - stars and black holes
Particles, symmetries and the universe
Queries
Appendices
Glossary
Bibliography
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