The Particle Garden: Our Universe As Understood by Particle Physicists

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The Particle Garden is the clearest survey of particle physics, including the theory, its experimental foundations, its relations to cosmology and astrophysics, and its future. Known as an excellent expositor of physics, Kane has marshaled his research and teaching experience to make this daunting subject understandable to all readers.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780201408263
  • Publisher: Basic Books
  • Publication date: 7/1/1996
  • Series: Helix Bks.
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 625,040
  • Product dimensions: 5.36 (w) x 8.22 (h) x 0.63 (d)

Meet the Author

Gordon Kane is an internationally acclaimed particle physicist at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. He is a popular public lecturer and the author of The Particle Garden.

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Table of Contents

Ch. 1 What Are We Made of? 1
Are Quarks and Electrons Nature's "Seeds"?
"There Are More Things in Heaven and Earth . . ."
What Are Quarks and Leptons?
The Role of the Theory
Ch. 2 A Brief History of Particle Physics 23
The Beginnings of Science
The Beginnings of Modern Science: Measurement and Experimentation
Three Paths to Today's Theory
Ch. 3 Doing Particle Physics 41
International Community
Au Revoir, SSC
Ch. 4 The Standard Theory 53
Matter Particles
Forces and the Particles That Transmit Them - the Bosons
Ch. 5 Experimental Facilities 70
Laboratories and Their Colliders and Detectors
Low-Energy and Nonaccelerator Experiments
Ch. 6 The Experimental Foundations of the Standard Theory 91
Ch. 7 What Do Physicists Mean by "We Understand" 104
Levels of Understanding
Level I: Descriptive Understanding
Level II: Input and Mechanism Understanding
Level III: Why Understanding?
Ch. 8 Higgs Physics 115
Discovering a Higgs Boson
Attitudes about Higgs Bosons
Ch. 9 The Standard Theory Will Be Extended 122
Phenomena Not Predicted by the Standard Theory
An Input and Mechanism Understanding of the Standard Theory?
A Why Understanding of the Laws of Nature?
Ch. 10 Supersymmetry - the Next Breakthrough? 132
What Do We Gain if the Theory is Supersymmetric?
What Makes a Theory Supersymmetric?
Detecting Supersymmetry
Ch. 11 How Much Unification? Is There A Limit to Understanding? 142
Grand Unification
Can Grand Unified Theories Be Tested?
The Primary Theory
Can the Primary Theory Be Tested?
Are There Limits to Understanding?
Ch. 12 Particle Physics, Astrophysics, and Cosmology 153
The Big Bang
Dark Matter
The "Baryon Asymmetry"
Inflation and the Origins of Large-Scale Structure
Cosmoastroparticle Physics
Ch. 13 Understanding a Flower 162
All Scientific Understanding So Far Is Descriptive Understanding
Complexity and Chaos
Particle Physics and Flowers
App. A Feynman Diagrams and Rules 168
The Vertices
Examples of Processes
When the Standard Theory Is Extended
App. B Internal Symmetries and the Standard Theory 174
App. C CP Violation 179
List of Symbols 182
List of Abbreviations and Acronyms 184
Glossary 186
Index 213
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