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Understanding the universe : from quarks to the cosmos

Author: Don Lincoln
Publisher: New Jersey : World Scientific, 2004.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Lincoln, a physicist at the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, helps explain, as the foreword writer (a theoretical cosmologist) puts it: " ... what compels scientists to work for years on the world's most complicated experiments ..." After declaring physics the most interesting science and overviewing its scope for a general audience, he traces the history of what is known/theorized in the field up to "exotic
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Genre/Form: Einführung
Popular works
Ouvrages de vulgarisation
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Don Lincoln
ISBN: 981238703X 9789812387035 9812387056 9789812387059
OCLC Number: 54205996
Notes: Includes indexes.
Description: xxiv, 567 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Contents: Early history --
The path to knowledge (history of particle physics) --
Quarks and leptons --
Forces : what holds it all together --
Hunting for the Higgs --
Accelerators and detectors : tools of the trade --
Near term mysteries --
Exotic physics (the next frontier) --
Recreating the universe 10,000,000 times a second --
Epilogue : why do we do it? --
Appendix A. Greek symbols --
Appendix B. Scientific jargon --
Appendix C. Particle-naming rules --
Appendix D. Essential relativity and quantum mechanics --
Appendix E. Higgs boson production --
Appendix F. Neutrino oscillations.
Responsibility: Don Lincoln.

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Explains the fascinating world of quarks and leptons and the forces that govern their behaviour. Told from an experimental physicist's perspective, it forgoes mathematical complexity, using instead  Read more...

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