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## Details

Genre/Form: | History |
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Document Type: | Book |

All Authors / Contributors: |
John C Taylor |

ISBN: | 052165064X 9780521650649 0521659388 9780521659383 |

OCLC Number: | 225889176 |

Description: | 490 pages ; 23 cm |

Contents: | Preface; 1. Motion on earth and in the heavens; 2. Energy, heat, and chance; 3. Electricity and magnetism; 4. Light; 5. Space and time; 6. Least action; 7. Gravitation and curved spacetime; 8. The quantum revolution; 9. Quantum theory with special relativity; 10. Order breaks symmetry; 11. Quarks and what hold them together; 12. Unifying weak forces with QED; 13. Gravitation plus quantum theory - stars and black holes; 14. Particles, symmetries and the universe; 15. Queries; 16. Appendices; Glossary; Bibliography. |

Responsibility: | John C. Taylor. |

## Reviews

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Publisher Synopsis

'Are you lost in modern theoretical physics? Do you need help with understanding squarks, selectrons, photinos? Or do you require quidance on the subject of the Higgs particle? Perhaps you need a hint as to the meaning of quintessence in cosmology? If any of these apply, then this is the book for you ... an undoubted success ... many worthwhile ideas are expounded here which even a newcomer to physics could understand. I strongly recommend this book.' Peter Landsberg, Nature 'What makes this book extremely valuable is that the author has succeeded in adhering to his geometric approach throughout, starting with Galileo and ending with Ed Witten and Stephen Hawking.' Gerald 't Hooft, Physics World '... provides excellent insight into recent developments in physics ...'. P. H. Borcherds, European Journal of Physics 'This book covers a vast expanse of physics and is a genuine tour de force for its insights and intellectual honesty. This is an exceptional book by an exceptional physicist.' The Times Higher Education Supplement "The book is an undoubted success. John Taylor does not try to exaggerate results or make unsupported claims, and he attempts at all times to elucidate complicated matters in simple language....many worthwhile ideas are expounded here which even a newcomer to physics could understand. I strongly recommend this book." --Nature "The book is elegantly clear and beautifully written...The author seems to have an immense intuitive skill for picking those topics that will evoke the reader's interest...This is far and away the best account of physics for the general reader I have ever seen. It is not a physics text. It contains no calculus, and thus will not tutor the reader in the art of solving specific problems in physics. But it fully conveys the mystery and fascination physics has exerted on humankind since the age of the Greeks. It should occupy a privileged position on the bookshelf of anyone curious about the world around us." Mathematical Association of America "Successful books about science for nonscientists tread a fine line. Information must not be lost in discussions that are too technical, but scientific rigor must not be sacrificed for story line. Taylor takes a hstorical approach to physics, beginning with the Greeks and finishing with cosmology and elementary article physics at the end of the 20th century.... Explaining the topics and their implications to nonscientists is difficult, but Taylor ... succeeds...." Choice Read more...

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