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The theory of almost everything : the Standard Model, the unsung triumph of modern physics

Author: Robert Oerter
Publisher: New York : Plume ; London : Turnaround [distributor], 2006.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"The Standard Model is the most important theory in modern physics. It is the tried-and-true theory of all known physical interactions, with the exception of gravity. Outside of scientific circles it is not nearly as well known as string theory or chaos theory. But it is more important than both, and it is absolutely essential to understanding where we are heading next in physics. Physicist Robert Oerter reveals the  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Robert Oerter
ISBN: 0452287863 9780452287860
OCLC Number: 70671730
Notes: Originally published: New York: Pi.
Description: 327 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Contents: The first unifications --
Einstein's relativity and Noether's theorem --
The end of the world as we know it --
(Im)probabilities --
The bizarre reality of QED --
Feynman's particles, Schwinger's fields --
Welcome to the subatomic zoo --
The color of quarks --
The weakest link --
The standard model, at last --
The edge of physics --
New dimensions --
Appendix A. Quarks and the eightfold way --
Appendix B. Asymptotic freedom --
Appendix C. Interactions of the standard model.
Responsibility: Robert Oerter.

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"The Standard Model is the most important theory in modern physics. It is the tried-and-true theory of all known physical interactions, with the exception of gravity. Outside of scientific circles it is not nearly as well known as string theory or chaos theory. But it is more important than both, and it is absolutely essential to understanding where we are heading next in physics. Physicist Robert Oerter reveals the Standard Model to the general public." "Making use of rich analogy and metaphor, Oerter illuminates the quantum world of the Standard Model. He shows that although the theory seems absurd from a common-sense point of view, it nonetheless fully agrees with experiment. Oerter explores the conceptual framework of the Standard Model - what he considers its most fascinating aspect. He shows that different types of symmetry are at the heart of the theory." "After explaining the Standard Model's implications for the universe as a whole, Oerter takes readers to the edge of physics. He shows how new developments could alter the Standard Model. Experiments now running are searching for neutrino mass and the holy grail of particle physics, the Higgs boson. Grand unified theories, super-symmetry, preon theories, and string theory - although not verified by experiment - could be the next steps in theory."--Jacket.

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