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|Additional Physical Format:||Online version:
Pais, Abraham, 1918-
Oxford [Oxfordshire] : Clarendon Press ; New York : Oxford University Press, 1986
|Material Type:||Internet resource|
|Document Type:||Book, Internet Resource|
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|ISBN:||0198519710 9780198519713 0198519974 9780198519973|
|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.
'It is rare indeed to find a professional physicist who combines such historical accomplishment, a lucid and refreshing style and a deep and relaxed understanding of his subject matter...Throughout,