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Deep Down Things

The Breathtaking Beauty of Particle Physics

Bruce A. Schumm

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A useful scientific theory, claimed Einstein, must be explicable to any intelligent person. In Deep Down Things, experimental particle physicist Bruce Schumm has taken this dictum to heart, providing in clear, straightforward prose an elucidation of the Standard Model of particle physics—a theory that stands as one of the crowning achievements of twentieth-century science. In this one-of-a-kind book, the work of many of the past century's most notable physicists, including Einstein, Schrodinger, Heisenberg, Dirac, Feynman, Gell-Mann, and Weinberg, is knit together in a thorough and accessible\u2026

A useful scientific theory, claimed Einstein, must be explicable to any intelligent person. In Deep Down Things, experimental particle physicist Bruce Schumm has taken this dictum to heart, providing in clear, straightforward prose an elucidation of the Standard Model of particle physics—a theory that stands as one of the crowning achievements of twentieth-century science. In this one-of-a-kind book, the work of many of the past century's most notable physicists, including Einstein, Schrodinger, Heisenberg, Dirac, Feynman, Gell-Mann, and Weinberg, is knit together in a thorough and accessible exposition of the revolutionary notions that underlie our current view of the fundamental nature of the physical world. Schumm, who has spent much of his life emmersed in the subatomic world, goes far beyond a mere presentation of the "building blocks" of matter, bringing to life the remarkable connection between the ivory tower world of the abstract mathematician and the day-to-day, life-enabling properties of the natural world. Schumm leaves us with an insight into the profound open questions of particle physics, setting the stage for understanding the progress the field is poised to make over the next decade or two.

Introducing readers to the world of particle physics, Deep Down Things opens new realms within which are many clues to unraveling the mysteries of the universe.

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A fascinating journey into the bizarre, subatomic world of particle physics.

Quantum field theory, group theory, Lie algebras, internal symmetry spaces and gauge theory. [Schumm] does a remarkably good job of explaining all this, with a style that is mercifully plain.

Explores the world of particle physics in terms laymen can understand.

I expect that any physics undergraduate, bewildered by textbooks and lectures, would find this a delight.

One of several recently published books attempting to provide for interested nonphysicists a relatively nonmathematical account of what has come to be called the standard model of particle physics... Schumm's treatment is perhaps more detailed.

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Available
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6.125
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9.25
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392
ISBN
9780801879715
Illustration Description
69 line drawings
Table of Contents

Preface
1. Introduction
2. The True Movers & Shakers: The Forces of Nature
3. The Great Reawakening: The Modern Physics Revolution
4. The Marriage of Relativity & Quantum Theory: Relativistic Quantum

Preface
1. Introduction
2. The True Movers & Shakers: The Forces of Nature
3. The Great Reawakening: The Modern Physics Revolution
4. The Marriage of Relativity & Quantum Theory: Relativistic Quantum Field Theory
5. Patterns in Nature: The Fundamental Building Blocks
6. Mathematical Patterns: Lie Groups
7. The World Within: Internal Symmetries
8. Physics by Pure Thought: Gauge Theory
9. The Current Paradigm: Hidden Symmetry, the Standard Model & the Higgs Boson
10. Into the Unknown: What Lies Ahead
Appendix: Exponential Notation
Notes
Index

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Bruce A. Schumm

Bruce A. Schumm is a professor of physics at the University of California at Santa Cruz.