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The infinity puzzle : quantum field theory and the hunt for an orderly universe

Author: F E Close
Publisher: New York : Basic Books, ©2011.
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"Speculation is rife that by 2012 the elusive Higgs boson will be found at the Large Hadron Collider. If found, the Higgs boson would help explain why everything has mass. But there's more at stake-what we're really testing is our capacity to make the universe reasonable. Our best understanding of physics is predicated on something known as quantum field theory. Unfortunately, in its raw form, it doesn't make  Read more...
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Close, F.E.
Infinity puzzle.
New York : Basic Books, ©2011
(DLC) 2011022966
(OCoLC)701015479
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: F E Close
ISBN: 9780465028030 0465028039
OCLC Number: 767952979
Description: 1 online resource (xii, 435 pages) : illustrations
Contents: Prologue : Amsterdam, 1971 --
part 1. Genesis. The point of infinity --
Shelter Island and QED --
Feynman, Schwinger, --and Tomonaga (and Dyson) --
Intermission : 1950 --
Abdus Salam : a strong beginning --
Yang, Mills, --and Shaw --
The identity of John Ward --
The marriage of weak and electromagnetic forces, to 1964 --
Intermission : 1960 --
Broken symmetries --
"The boson that has been named after me," a.k.a., the Higgs Boson --
Intermission : mid-1960s --
1967 : from Kibble to Salam and Weinberg --
"And now I introduce Mr. 't Hooft" --
Intermission : early 1970s --
part 2. Revelation. B.J. and the cosmic quarks --
A comedy of errors --
Intermission : 1975 --
Heavy light --
Warmly admired, richly deserved --
The big machine --
Intermission : end of the twentieth century --
To infinity and beyond.
Responsibility: Frank Close.

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"Speculation is rife that by 2012 the elusive Higgs boson will be found at the Large Hadron Collider. If found, the Higgs boson would help explain why everything has mass. But there's more at stake-what we're really testing is our capacity to make the universe reasonable. Our best understanding of physics is predicated on something known as quantum field theory. Unfortunately, in its raw form, it doesn't make sense--its outputs are physically impossible infinite percentages when they should be something simpler, like the number 1. The kind of physics that the Higgs boson represents seeks to 'renormalize' field theory, forcing equations to provide answers that match what we see in the real world. The Infinity Puzzle is the story of a wild idea on the road to acceptance. Only Close can tell it"--Provided by publisher.

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