Deep down Things The Breathtaking Beauty of Particle Physics

ISBN-10: 080187971X
ISBN-13: 9780801879715
Edition: 2005
Authors: Bruce A. Schumm
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Book details

List price: $35.95
Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
Publication date: 10/20/2004
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 392
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.50" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.584
Language: English

A useful scientific theory, claimed Einstein, must be explicable to any intelligent person. In Deep Down Things, experimental particle physicist Bruce Schumm has taken this dictum to heart, providing in clear, straightforward prose an elucidation of the Standard Model of particle physics -- a theory that stands as one of the crowning achievements of twentieth-century science. In this one-of-a-kind book, the work of many of the past century's most notable physicists, including Einstein, Schrodinger, Heisenberg, Dirac, Feynman, Gell-Mann, and Weinberg, is knit together in a thorough and accessible exposition of the revolutionary notions that underlie our current view of the fundamental nature of the physical world. Schumm, who has spent much of his life emmersed in the subatomic world, goes far beyond a mere presentation of the "building blocks" of matter, bringing to life the remarkable connection between the ivory tower world of the abstract mathematician and the day-to-day, life-enabling properties of the natural world. Schumm leaves us with an insight into the profound open questions of particle physics, setting the stage for understanding the progress the field is poised to make over the next decade or two. Introducing readers to the world of particle physics, Deep Down Things opens new realms within which are many clues to unraveling the mysteries of the universe.

Preface
Introduction
The True Movers & Shakers: The Forces of Nature
The Great Reawakening: The Modern Physics Revolution
The Marriage of Relativity & Quantum Theory: Relativistic Quantum Field Theory
Patterns in Nature: The Fundamental Building Blocks
Mathematical Patterns: Lie Groups
The World Within: Internal Symmetries
Physics by Pure Thought: Gauge Theory
The Current Paradigm: Hidden Symmetry, the Standard Model & the Higgs Boson
Into the Unknown: What Lies Ahead
Exponential Notation
Notes
Index

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