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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What was surely unimagined was the enormous divergence of scale between the very small (now studied as high-energy particle physics) and the very large (astrophysics and cosmology) and the remarkable way that physics today shows them to ...
Its birth in the “big bang” and the fascinating story of its transformation from a terrifying furnace of compressed energy through the successive condensation of matter into stars, planets, and the elements from which we ourselves are ...
... behavior in high-energy physics laboratories as well as in the high-energy world of the birth and death of stars. For the moment we can only speculate on the fuller implications of quantum theory wedded to general relativity theory.
From this insight there emerged the idea that particles were best described as packages of energy associated with fields. This is relativistic quantum field theory, perhaps to date the most successful approach to understanding the basic ...
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 ...
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11 IN THE BEGINNING
12 DOWN TO EARTH
Suggestions for Further Reading
Index of Names
9 WEIGHTY MATTERS