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The force of symmetry

Author: Vincent Icke
Publisher: Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 1995.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Gives an elementary introduction the spectacular interplay between the three great themes of contemporary physics: quantum behavior, relativity and symmetry. In clear, non-technical language, though without oversimplification, it explores many fascinating aspects of modern physics, discussing the nature and interaction of force and matter ..."--Back cover.
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Genre/Form: Einführung
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Vincent Icke
ISBN: 0521404959 9780521404952 052145591X 9780521455916
OCLC Number: 30668245
Description: xxi, 338 pages : illustrations ; 26 cm
Contents: A matter of force --
The law of inertia --
The speed of light --
Relativity and fields --
Feynman diagrams --
Matter and force --
Stalking the wild rainbow --
Colours and spectra --
Spectral lines --
Classical physics stumped --
Light --
Waves of light --
Huygens's principle --
Interference --
Standing waves --
Particles of light --
The equation of motion --
Momentum and energy --
Maybe I'm Heisenberg --
Neither particle nor wave --
Absolute size --
Through a glass, partly --
Waves and uncertainty --
The uncertainty relations --
De Broglie rules the waves --
Quanta --
Where is a quantum when? --
Catch a falling quantum --
An experiment with electrons --
Indeterminacy --
Interference --
Where does the electron go? --
Quantum beanbags --
A muddy wheel --
The importance of having phase --
Feynman paths --
Superposition and quantum sorcery --
The embezzlement model --
Symmetries --
A forbidding prospect --
Groups and rotations --
Invariants and angular momentum --
Angular momentum and uncertainty --
Three-dimensional rotations --
Quantum relativity: nothing is relative --
Rotations in space-time --
The light cone, our compass in space-time --
The Lorentz transformation --
Antimatter --
Taking the large view --
The dizzy world of spin --
Spin and relativity --
The quantum of spin --
Indistinguishable processes --
Polarization --
No mass, but as fast as they get --
Life, the Universe and everything --
Anatomy of an atom --
Collapse prevention --
Atomic symmetry --
Quantization produces chemistry.
Responsibility: Vincent Icke.
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