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The New Cosmic Onion

Quarks and the Nature of the Universe

The New Cosmic Onion by Frank Close
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THE NATURE OF THE UNIVERSE            
Inward Bound. The Fly in the Cathedral             
ATOMS                
THE NUCLEUS               
Neutrons and Protons. Radioactivity and Nuclear Fission. Beta Radioactivity and Neutrinos. Nuclear Stability and Where the Elements Came From. Neutrons: When Are They Stable and When Not?
THE FORCES OF NATURE             
Gravity and Electromagnetism. Nuclear Forces            
NUCLEAR PARTICLES AND THE EIGHTFOLD WAY        
Pions. Strange Particles. More Hadrons. The Eightfold Way: ‘A Periodic Table for the Nuclear Particles’ 
Quarks                
Quarks and the Eightfold Way Patterns. An ‘Atomic’ Model of Hadrons. Quarks in the Proton           
QUANTUM CHROMODYNAMICS: A THEORY FOR QUARKS
Colour. Colour and Quark Forces. Gluons. Quantum Chromodynamics and Electrodynamics    
THE ELECTROWEAK FORCE            
History. A New Form of Weak Interaction is Predicted. The Discovery of Neutral Currents. Electromagnetic and Weak Interactions Get Together. Does Electron Scattering Respect Mirror Symmetry? Bosons. Discovery of the W Boson. Conclusions              
FROM CHARM TO TOP          
The J/cMeson. Charmed Mesons. The J/cSignificance. Charm: A Testbed for Quantum Chromodynamics. How Many Quarks?             
THE LEP ERA              
Quantum Foresight             
CP VIOLATION AND BETA-FACTORIES          
CP Symmetry. The Strange Case of the Neutral Kaons. Beta Decays among the Generations. Matter to Antimatter. Appendix 11A: CKM and Bottom         
NEUTRINOS              
BEYOND THE STANDARD MODEL: GUTS, SUSY AND HIGGS
Coincidences? (Particles, Forces). Supersymmetry. Higgs Boson. Why Is 1 TeV Special?            
COSMOLOGY, PARTICLE PHYSICS, AND THE BIG BANG      
Dark Energy. Dark Matter. The Universe Today. Five Stages in a Cooling Universe. Light Elements and Neutrinos. Quarksynthesis and the Predominance of Matter. Exodus. Epilogue               
Glossary              
CRC Press; December 2006
226 pages; ISBN 9781584887997
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Title: The New Cosmic Onion
Author: Frank Close
 
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