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Particle or wave : the evolution of the concept of matter in modern physics

Author: Charis Anastopoulos
Publisher: Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, ©2008.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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'Particle or Wave' explains the origins and development of modern physical concepts about matter and the controversies surrounding them.
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Charis Anastopoulos
ISBN: 9780691135120 0691135126
OCLC Number: 181142101
Description: xx, 410 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: From myth to machine: images of matter from antiquity to Newtonian mechanics --
Progress!: from Newtonian mechanics to nineteenth-century physics --
A new arena is built: special relativity and the notion of space time --
The symmetry beneath: symmetry in physics: spacetime symmetries --
The machine breaks down: the development of quantum mechanics --
So familiar and yet so different: spin, quantum phases, and quantum statistics --
Forging the perfect tool: the development of quantum field theory --
Pieces of a puzzle: the physics of elementary particles --
Reaching the limits: the Gauge principle and the standard model --
Outlook: unanswered questions and open problems.
Responsibility: Charis Anastopoulos.
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