Understanding the Universe: From Quarks to the Cosmos / Edition 1

Understanding the Universe: From Quarks to the Cosmos / Edition 1

by Don Lincoln
     
 

Lincoln, a physicist at the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, helps explain, as the foreword writer (a theoretical cosmologist) puts it: "...what compels scientists to work for years on the world's most complicated experiments...." After declaring physics the most interesting science and overviewing its scope for a general audience, he traces the history of what… See more details below

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Lincoln, a physicist at the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, helps explain, as the foreword writer (a theoretical cosmologist) puts it: "...what compels scientists to work for years on the world's most complicated experiments...." After declaring physics the most interesting science and overviewing its scope for a general audience, he traces the history of what is known/theorized in the field up to "exotic physics" (i.e., the next frontier). Chapters begin with quotes and include down-to-earth explanations. The volume concludes with technical appendices and a glossary. Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9789812387059
Publisher:
World Scientific Publishing Company, Incorporated
Publication date:
03/31/2004
Edition description:
Older Edition
Pages:
592
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.78(h) x 0.90(d)

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Table of Contents

Forewordix
Prefacexiii
Acknowledgementsxxiii
1.Early History1
2.The Path to Knowledge (History of Particle Physics)22
3.Quarks and Leptons107
4.Forces: What Holds It All Together147
5.Hunting for the Higgs209
6.Accelerators and Detectors: Tools of the Trade248
7.Near Term Mysteries315
8.Exotic Physics (The Next Frontier)383
9.Recreating the Universe 10,000,000 Times a Second444
10.Epilogue: Why Do We Do It?487
Appendix AGreek Symbols492
Appendix BScientific Jargon493
Appendix CParticle-Naming Rules496
Appendix DEssential Relativity and Quantum Mechanics501
Appendix EHiggs Boson Production513
Appendix FNeutrino Oscillations519
Further Reading525
Glossary535
Index557

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