Deep Down Things: The Breathtaking Beauty of Particle Physics

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JHU Press, Oct 20, 2004 - Science - 392 pages
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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 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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Review: Deep Down Things: The Breathtaking Beauty of Particle Physics

User Review  - Eli Berg-maas - Goodreads

Excellent introduction to Particle Physics, though the occasional equations are used little enough they could probably be avoided entirely. Read full review

Review: Deep Down Things: The Breathtaking Beauty of Particle Physics

User Review  - Stacy Plumb - Goodreads

One of the best layperson books I've read on The Standard Model of particle physics. Highly accessible and a joy to read. Read full review

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

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