And it fully agrees with experiment. While Oerter emphasizes that this is not a history, logical development often leads him to follow a roughly historical route, making the book suffer in comparison to Crease and Mann's excellent history, The Second Creation. In physics news items, the Standard Model usually plays the whipping boy. It is as if particles represent some kind of quantum unit. But the theory that explains everything else - the Standard Model of Elementary Particles - is virtually unknown among the general public. He shows that different types of symmetry are at the heart of the theory.
I read this book at a summer camp for the frontiers of physics, and the book was able to clarify confusing topics we covered in lecture. Without symmetry breaking and the Higgs there would be no matter. Writting style aside I must confess that the content was not so pleasant at all. Recommended to anyone interested, but if you have even an undergraduate level understanding of the math and physics required there might be better texts. Last but not least, the writer doesn't start a war of which theory is the best something that is often seen by advocates of theories. Is this a problem when we do our research on them in devices called particle accelerators? Throw a stone in the air, and it falls back to the ground.
Oerter explores the conceptual framework of the Standard Model - what he considers its most fascinating aspect. I think he is successful in this undertaking. Okay, I think string theory is bunk. Emergence and Free Will I am not a physicist. He shows that different types of symmetry are at the heart ofthe theory.
That means, for instance, that the Higgs boson was not yet experimentally confirmed at the time the book was published. I liked the fact that the author came up with his own thought experiments and similes rather than relying on the same old descriptions that keep popping up. He has done research in the areas of supergravity, especially as applied to superstring theories, and in the quantum mechanics of chaotic systems. Perhaps this led him to believe that light was also a stream of particles, although other scientists at the time recognized its wave nature. It feels way too abstract not to mention unwieldy , with no metaphorical ledge for intuition to hang on to. I thought that this book did as good a job as any to explain things that even Richard Feynman described as impossible to understand. Over all I really liked reading this book.
An amazing book for beginners in modern physics. It is the tried-and-true theory of all known physical interactions, with the exception of gravity. In fact, I must say that this is one of the better popular-science books I have read, as it explains what it sets out to explain, rather than to merely show off what strange things theoretical physicists are working on for your tax money. Though this particular book was twenty years old, which was right around the time of the rebirth of interest in string theory, so I guess I can't really get too upset. Making rich use of analogy, Oerter illuminates the weird world of quantum physics, where particles spring into existence from thin air and solid matter is both particle and wave.
When the remaining weak force was explained and incorporated the Standard Model looked pretty much as it does today. The discussion is illustrated with examples of the sort of problems typically encountered in the study of the earth's surface, and general solutions based on a scientific approach are provided. I think it could have been a lot more concise however - I reckon the guts of it could have been done in 50%. In other words, energy is everywhere in space, and there is no such thing as nothing. For example, there is a problem with this Thursday thing, given that the real Earth rotates at about one thousand miles per hour at the equator.
It deserves to be better known, and it deserves a better name. Grand unified theories, super-symmetry, preon theories, and string theory - although not verified by experiment - could be the next steps in theory. The Standard Model of Elementary Particles describes everything we know about symmetries, particles and fields. I will again depart from the content of the book. He outlines how the Standard Model can serve as the launching pad for humanity to--paraphrasing Einstein--see better the secrets of ' the Ancient One. Interesting reading for anyone who wants to know more about the state of modern Physics.
Let it out and use it as a hook to further engage the reader. This work also seems to be pitched at a somewhat lower level than Crease and Mann, though it does address some issues they gloss over and vice versa. Hubisz, Jay 2006-09-01 00:00:00 thinking is required of the reader, however. . For this reason alone, I'm a big fan of the book. The book starts somewhat slowly, explaining at a very basic level special and general relativity, and quantum wave mechanics, but then gets to the right level in explaining the development and the current state of particle physics. How often can you find a lucid and compelling explanation of perhaps the greatest scientific achievement in history packed into less than 300 pages? However, gravity is a mysterious force that seems to involve action at a distance.