Deep Down Things: The Breathtaking Beauty of Particle Physics

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JHU Press, Nov 30, 2004 - Science - 392 pages

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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User Review  - RebekahCavan - LibraryThing

Believe it or not, this was my "beach read" for the summer. Lying on the dock reading this and watching the ocean waves, I was able to visualize the concepts of particle physics thanks to this book. Read full review

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More difficult than many of the other popular expositions of the Standard Model (quarks, leptons, bosons). As elusive as ever, to me at least, is a completely understandable account of such aspects of ... Read full review


2The True Movers ShakersThe Forces of Nature
3The Great ReawakeningThe Modern Physics Revolution
4The Marriage of Relativity Quantum TheoryRelativistic Quantum Field Theory
5Patterns in NatureThe Fundamental Building Blocks
6Mathematical PatternsLie Groups
7The World WithinInternal Symmetries
8Physics by Pure ThoughtGauge Theory
9The Current ParadigmHidden Symmetry the Standard Model the Higgs Boson
10Into the UnknownWhat Lies Ahead
AppendixExponential Notation

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

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