Fantastic Realities: 49 Mind Journeys and a Trip to Stockholm

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The fantastic reality that is modern physics is open for your exploration, guided by one of its primary architects and interpreters, Nobel Prize winner Frank Wilczek. Some jokes, some poems, and extracts from wife Betsy Devine's sparkling chronicle of what it's like to live through a Nobel Prize provide easy entertainment. There's also some history, some philosophy, some exposition of frontier science, and some frontier science, for your lasting edification. 49 pieces, including many from Wilczek's award-winning ...
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Overview

The fantastic reality that is modern physics is open for your exploration, guided by one of its primary architects and interpreters, Nobel Prize winner Frank Wilczek. Some jokes, some poems, and extracts from wife Betsy Devine's sparkling chronicle of what it's like to live through a Nobel Prize provide easy entertainment. There's also some history, some philosophy, some exposition of frontier science, and some frontier science, for your lasting edification. 49 pieces, including many from Wilczek's award-winning Reference Frame columns in Physics Today, and some never before published, are gathered by style and subject into a dozen chapters, each with a revealing, witty introduction.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9789812566492
  • Publisher: World Scientific Publishing Company, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 5/28/2006
  • Pages: 522
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 9.80 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Table of Contents

Constructing this world, and others 1
1 The world's numerical recipe 3
2 Analysis and synthesis 1 : what matters for matter 10
3 Analysis and synthesis 2 : universal characteristics 16
4 Analysis and synthesis 3 : cosmic groundwork 22
5 Analysis and synthesis 4 : limits and supplements 28
Musing on mechanics 35
6 Whence the force of F = ma? 1 : culture shock 37
7 Whence the force of F = ma? 2 : rationalization 43
8 Whence the force of F = ma? 3 : cultural diversity 49
Making light of mass 55
9 The origin of mass 57
10 Mass without mass 1 : most of matter 72
11 Mass without mass 2 : the medium is the mass-age 76
QCD exposed 81
12 QCD made simple 83
13 10[superscript 12] degrees in the shade 100
14 Back to basics at ultrahigh temperatures 114
Breathless at the heights 121
15 Scaling mount planck 1 : a view from the bottom 123
16 Scaling mount planck 2 : base camp 128
17 Scaling mount planck 3 : is that all there is? 133
At sea in the depths 137
18 What is quantum theory? 140
19 Total relativity : March 2004 144
20 Life's parameters 150
Once and future history 155
21 The Dirac equation 157
22 Fermi and the elucidation of matter 191
23 The standard model transcended 211
24 Masses and molasses 216
25 In search of symmetry lost 223
26 From 'not wrong' to (maybe) right 250
27 Unification of couplings 253
Methods of our madness 277
28 The social benefit of high energy physics 279
29 When words fail 285
30 Why are there analogies between condensed matter and particle theory? 288
31 The persistence of ether 293
32 Reaching bottom, laying foundations 298
Inspired, irritated, inspired 305
33 What did Bohr do? 307
34 Dreams of a final theory 314
35 Shadows of the mind 318
36 The inflationary universe 323
37 Is the sky made from pi? 327
Big ideas 331
38 Quantum field theory 333
39 Some basic aspects of fractional quantum numbers 359
Grand occasions 385
40 From concept to reality to vision 387
41 Nobel biography 396
42 Asymptotic freedom : from paradox to paradigm 400
43 Advice to students 430
Breaking into verse 433
44 Virtual particles 435
45 Gluon rap 436
46 Reply in sonnet form 437
47 From beneath an e-Avalanche 438
48 Frog sonnet 439
49 Archaeopteryx 440
Another dimension 441
Nobel blog : a year in the life 442
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