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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The New Age of Physics John M. Charap. the newspaper may be harmless fun ... In that year, the profound discoveries that led to quantum mechanics and to the theory of relativity lay just below the horizon. What was surely unimagined was ...
The invention of this new mechanics—quantum mechanics, the subject of chapter 4—was just one of the revolutionary “paradigm shifts” to punctuate the advance of physics in the twentieth century. The quantum mechanics that is needed to ...
Space and time, respectively the passive arena and ordering principle of classical physics, were unified by the special theory ... The marriage of quantum mechanics with relativity theory required heroic efforts, and even now the full ...
This is relativistic quantum field theory, perhaps to date the most successful approach to understanding the basic structure of matter and the forces which act on it. Chapter 7 describes how this theory is used to yield amazingly ...
The New Age of Physics John M. Charap ... But no one supposes that it will require a revision of the laws governing atomic and molecular structure, still less of the quantum mechanics and electromagnetic theory that underpin them.
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11 IN THE BEGINNING
12 DOWN TO EARTH
Suggestions for Further Reading
Index of Names
9 WEIGHTY MATTERS