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Enjoy our universe : you have no other choice

Author: A De Rújula
Publisher: Oxford, United Kingdom : Oxford University Press, [2018]
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : First editionView all editions and formats
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A richly illustrated book on fundamental physics, cosmology, black holes, Higgs bosons, and time travel for a wide audience. This guide for an enjoyable visit to the Universe is humorous but not a joke. It establishes clear distinctions between things we know for sure and things that we know we do not know. In this sense, it is scientifically honest.
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Additional Physical Format: Electronic version:
De Rújula, A. (Alvaro).
Enjoy our universe.
New York, NY : Oxford University Press, 2018
(OCoLC)1044734134
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: A De Rújula
ISBN: 9780198817802 0198817800
OCLC Number: 1017587821
Description: ix, 202 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 23 cm
Contents: Physics as an art form --
Science as a sport --
The bothersome question of units* --
The Scientific Method --
The three relativities --
A first, fast visit to the universe --
More on the Fundamental Forces and their "carriers" --
Everything . . . So far --
A parenthesis on Quantum Mechanics --
Understanding relativity and Quantum Mechanics --
Spin, statistics, supernovae, neutron stars, and black holes --
Parallel realms --
A parenthesis on "R²QFTs"** --
The unification of forces --
A parenthesis: is basic Science useful? --
Back to the twins --
Some instruments of Macro-Physics --
The discovery of gravitational wave emission --
The direct detection of gravitational waves --
Some instruments of Micro-Physics --
The LHC and its detectors --
The "Higgs" Boson, and its field in the "vacuum" --
Today's standard models of particles and gravity --
The expansion of the universe --
Finding cosmic fossils --
Where is the cosmic antimatter? --
More on the Cosmic Background Radiation (CBR or CMB) --
Problems with the "old" Big Bang Theory** --
Inflation --
Limitations and peculiarities of the standard models --
The discrete symmetries of the fundamental interactions*** --
Dark Matter --
The origin of "structures" --
The fate of the universe --
Back to the Ether? --
The Crash --
In spite of our admitted ignorance.
Responsibility: Alvaro de Rújula ; original illustrations by Alvaro de Rújula.

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