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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, 2013, ©2011.
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"The second half of the twentieth century witnessed a scientific gold rush, as physicists raced to chart the inner workings of the atom. While many of its mysteries came unraveled, one remained intractable--the "Infinity Puzzle." Although quantum field theory offered a powerful explanatory framework for elementary particle physics, it nonetheless made one utterly ridiculous prediction: that certain events had an  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: F E Close
ISBN: 9780465063826 0465063829
OCLC Number: 811206555
Notes: Reprint. Originally published: ©2011. With a new epilogue.
Description: xii, 450 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Prologue: Amsterdam, 1971 --
1. The point of infinity --
2. Shelter Island and QED --
3. Feynman, Schwinger ... and Tomonaga (and Dyson) --
Intermission: 1950 --
4. Abdus Salam: a strong beginning --
5. Yang, Mills ... and Shaw --
6. The identity of John Ward --
7. The marriage of weak and electromagnetic forces --
to 1964 --
Intermission, 1960 --
8. Broken symmetries --
9. "The boson that has been named after me", a.k.a the Higgs Boson --
Intermission, Mid-1960s --
10. 1967: from Kibble to Salam and Weinberg --
11. "And now I introduce Mr. 't Hoof" --
Intermission: Early 1970s --
13. B.J. and the cosmic quarks --
13. A comedy of errors --
Intermission: 1975 --
14. Heavy light --
15. Warmly admired, richly deserved --
16. The big machine --
Intermission: End of the twentieth century --
17. To infinity and beyond --
Epilogue: the bonfire of the infinities.
Responsibility: Frank Close.

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