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Remnants Of The Fall

Revelations of Particle Secrets

Remnants Of The Fall by W B Rolnick
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This is a book that sings about the beauty of the fundamental laws of nature. Clear, accurate descriptions for general science readers (no equations in sight!) are punctuated with original, scintillating verses. The reader is taken on a journey through the contemporary understanding of the building blocks of nature and their interactions - the current status of that age-old, intriguing quest. The central role of symmetry is explained in a manner suitable for general science readers, and its splendour is celebrated in verse. The book facilitates understanding of the background and significance of today’s scientific discoveries in atomic, nuclear and particle physics. Many of the poems appear as interludes that reinforce the discussions as they amuse the reader, making this informative book a delight to read.

Contents: The Journey Begins: About Questions and Answers; The Matter We Know - Properties and Principles; The Relativity of Space and Time; The Quantum Properties of Nature; Quantum Mechanical Reality; The Particles of Matter; The Basic Interactions; Particle Symmetries: Spacetime Symmetries; “Internal” Symmetries - Isotopic Spin; Particle Flavors; A Larger Flavor Symmetry - Entrance to the Land of Quarks; On to the Standard Model and Beyond: About Gauge Theories; The Strong Interaction - Quantum Chromodynamics (QCD); The Weak Interaction - The Foot-Hills; The Electroweak Interaction and the Standard Model; Above and Beyond; The Experiments - Exploration and Discovery: The Role of Experiments and Experimentalists; The Experimental Connection; Particle Accelerators and Detectors.

Readership: General science readers, students in conceptual physics courses, and others interested in a non-mathematical, poetic presentation of particle physics.

World Scientific Publishing Company; January 2003
311 pages; ISBN 9789814488181
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Title: Remnants Of The Fall
Author: W B Rolnick