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.
It is not necessary to be a poet to appreciate poetry; neither is it necessary to be a physicist to find wondrous ... as high-energy particle physics) and the very large (astrophysics and cosmology) and the remarkable way that physics ...
But undeniably the union of the special theory of relativity with quantum mechanics gave birth to a wonderfully rich and detailed explanation of the physics of elementary particles and the forces between them, an explanation powerful ...
chanics led to the prediction of antimatter and to the recognition that particles were not permanent, ... how this theory is used to yield amazingly precise agreement with the results of experiments in high-energy particle physics.
Physics advances on many fronts. 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 ...
To whatever extent they and their world can be reduced to a matter of particles or fields and their interactions, ... laws of elementary particle physics,” he replies, “whether or not the discoveries of elementary particle physics are ...
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11 IN THE BEGINNING
12 DOWN TO EARTH
Suggestions for Further Reading
Index of Names
9 WEIGHTY MATTERS