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Inward bound : of matter and forces in the physical world

Author: Abraham Pais
Publisher: Oxford [Oxfordshire] : Clarendon Press ; New York : Oxford University Press, 1986.
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A history of the development of physics in the 20th century, relating events which seemed to be unconnected at the time and exploring the reasons why certain developments took place and what it was  Read more...

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Genre/Form: History
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Pais, Abraham, 1918-
Inward bound.
Oxford [Oxfordshire] : Clarendon Press ; New York : Oxford University Press, 1986
(OCoLC)755054804
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Abraham Pais
ISBN: 0198519710 9780198519713 0198519974 9780198519973
OCLC Number: 12581763
Description: xiv, 666 pages ; 25 cm
Contents: Purpose and plan --
pt. 1. 1895-1945 : a history: New kinds of rays ; From uranic rays to radioactivity ; The first particle ; Interlude : earliest physiological discoveries ; Radioactivity's three early puzzles ; Pitfalls of simplicity ; [Beta]-spectra, 1907-1914 ; "It was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity" ; Nuclear physics' tender age ; Quantum mechanics, an essay ; First encounters with symmetry and invariance ; Nuclear physics : the age of paradox ; Quantum fields, or how particles are made and how they disappear ; Battling the infinite ; In which the nucleus acquires a new constituent, loses an old one, reveals new forces with new symmetries, and is explored by new experimental methods --
pt. 2. The postwar years : a memoir: Of quantum eletrodynamics' triumphs and limitations and of a new particle's sobering impact ; In which particle physics enters the era of big machines and big detectors and pion physics goes through ups and downs ; Onset of an era : new forms of matter appear, old symmetries crumble ; Essay on modern times : 1960-83 ; Being a conclusion that starts as epilog and ends as prolog.
Responsibility: Abraham Pais.
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