Explaining the Universe: The New Age of Physics
Princeton University Press, 05.06.2018 - 226 Seiten
In this fascinating book, John Charap offers a panoramic view of the physicist's world as the twenty-first century opens--a view that is entirely different from the one that greeted the twentieth century. We have learned that the universe is billions of galaxies larger than we imagined--and billions of years older. We know more about how it came to be and what it is. Because of physics, we live in a world of greater danger and more convenience, smaller particles and bigger ideas.
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Even in the deterministic world of Newtonian mechanics complex systems exhibit chaotic behavior. Chaos is not the same as disorder. There is a strange kind of order in chaos, and how this can emerge is described in chapter 5.
... of the physics of elementary particles and the forces between them, an explanation powerful enough to embrace their behavior in high-energy physics laboratories as well as in the high-energy world of the birth and death of stars.
High-energy particle physics and astrophysics, glamorous and headline-catching as they are, are not the only fields of excitement and discovery. Even if we may fairly claim to know the fundamental laws governing the behavior of matter ...
... agreed-upon theory that explains this behavior (the theory that can explain superconductivity in metals such as lead cooled to the much lower temperature of liquid helium doesn't work for these “high-temperature” superconductors).
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11 IN THE BEGINNING
12 DOWN TO EARTH
Suggestions for Further Reading
Index of Names
9 WEIGHTY MATTERS