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Understanding the universe : from quarks to the cosmos

Author: Don Lincoln
Publisher: Singapore ; London : World Scientific, ©2012.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : Revised editionView all editions and formats
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The Big Bang, the birth of the universe, was a singular event. All of the matter of the universe was concentrated at a single point, with temperatures so high that even the familiar protons and neutrons of atoms did not yet exist, but rather were replaced by a swirling maelstrom of energy, matter and antimatter. Exotic quarks and leptons flickered briefly into existence, before merging back into the energy sea.
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Genre/Form: Popular works
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Don Lincoln
ISBN: 9789814374446 981437444X 9789814374453 9814374458
OCLC Number: 768072916
Notes: Previous edition: 2004.
Description: xxvi, 567 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 23 cm
Contents: Foreword --
Preface to Revised Edition --
Preface (And so ad infinitum); dated October 24, 2003 [Preface to the First Edition] --
Acknowledgements --
1. EARLY HISTORY --
First musings --
Better living through chemistry --
May the Force be with you --
2. THE PATH TO KNOWLEDGE (HISTORY OF PARTICLE PHYSICS) --
Cathode rays --
X-rays --
Radioactivity --
The discovery of the electron --
The nature of the atom --
The nature of the nucleus --
Quantum mechanics: An intermission --
Beta radiation and the neutrino --
More forces --
Something to make your head spin --
Cosmic rays: Particles from the heavens --
The antimatter electron --
Who ordered that? --
Strange "V" particles --
Neutrinos get even more complicated. 3. QUARKS AND LEPTONS --
Quarks and mesons --
Quarks and baryons --
A colorful world --
First evidence for quarks --
Discovery of more quarks and leptons --
Discovery of the top quark --
Return of the leptons --
4. FORCES: WHAT HOLDS IT ALL TOGETHER --
Gravity --
Electromagnetism --
The strong force --
The weak force --
Forces and Feynman Diagrams --
Feynman Diagrams and the strong force --
Jets: The subatomic shotgun --
Proton structure: The miniature lightning storm --
Feynman Diagrams and the weak force --
Discovery of the top quark. 5. HUNTING FOR THE HIGGS --
Mass, parity and infinities --
The Higgs solution --
Higgs by analogy I --
Higgs the way scientists think --
Higgs by analogy II --
Desperately seeking Higgs --
The current search story --
6. ACCELERATORS AND DETECTORS: TOOLS OF THE TRADE --
A drive through Fermilab --
Not all accelerators are in cars --
Not all rings are for engagements --
The new kids on the Block --
Targets and beam types --
Enter antimatter --
Accelerators of the world --
Particle detectors: The world's biggest cameras --
Ionization and tracking --
Calorimeters: Measuring energy --
One detector: Many technologies --
Lifestyles of the rich and famous --
Water is for more than just drinking. 7. NEAR TERM MYSTERIES --
Mystery #1: Neutrinos from the Sun --
Oh where, oh where, have my neutrinos gone? --
Neutrinos from thin air --
Super-K finds the truth --
Why oscillations? --
Neutrino detectors, current status --
Mystery #2: Where's the antimatter? --
Sakharov's Three Conditions --
Charge, parity and all that --
The death of weak parity conservation --
Parity symmetry is dead! Long live CP! --
8. EXOTIC PHYSICS (THE NEXT FRONTIER) --
Fiddling with the parameters --
If you knew SUSY --
Desperately seeking SUSY --
Large extra dimensions: Fact or fiction? --
Does Superman's cat play with superstrings? 9. RECREATING THE UNIVERSE 10,000,000 times a second --
The shape of the Universe --
The Dark Side of the Universe --
Where are the galaxies? --
The Big Whisper --
At three minutes --
Uniformity and inflation --
Back to the beginning --
10. EPILOGUE: WHY DO WE DO IT? --
Appendix A: Greek symbols --
Appendix B: Scientific jargon --
Appendix C: Particle-naming rules --
Particle name --
Electric charge --
Form of matter --
Associated flavor --
Fundamental particles --
Non-fundamental particles (baryons and mesons) --
Appendix D: Essential relativity and quantum mechanics --
Appendix E: Higgs Boson production --
Further reading --
Glossary --
Index.
Responsibility: Don Lincoln.

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