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The road to reality : a complete guide to the laws of the universe

Author: Roger Penrose
Publisher: New York : Vintage Books, 2007, cop. 2004.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st Vintage books edView all editions and formats
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Roger Penrose
ISBN: 9780679776314 0679776311
OCLC Number: 439782645
Description: XXVIII, 1099 str. : ilustr. ; 24 cm
Contents: The roots of science --
An ancient theorem and a modern question --
Kinds of number in the physical world --
Magical complex numbers --
Geometry of logarithms, powers, and roots --
Real-number calculus --
Complex-number calculus --
Riemann surfaces and complex mappings --
Fourier decomposition and hyperfunctions --
Surfaces --
Hypercomplex numbers --
Manifolds of n dimensions --
Symmetry groups --
Calculus on manifolds --
Fibre bundles and gauge connections --
The ladder of infinity --
Spacetime --
Minkowskian geometry --
The classical fields of Maxwell and Einstein --
Lagrangians and Hamiltonians --
The quantum particle --
Quantum algebra, geometry, and spin --
The entangled quantum world --
Dirac's electron and antiparticles --
The standard model of particle physics --
Quantum field theory --
The Big Bang and its thermodynamic legacy --
Speculative theories of the early universe --
The measurement paradox --
Gravity's role in quantum state reduction --
Supersymmetry, supra-dimensionality, and strings --
Einstein's narrower path; loop variables --
More radical perspectives; twistor theory --
Where lies the road to reality?
Responsibility: Roger Penrose.

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