Understanding the Universe: From Quarks to the Cosmos

The Big Bang, the birth of the universe, was a singular event All of the matter of the universe was concentrated at a single point, with temperatures so high that even the familiar protons and neutrons of atoms did not yet exist, but rather were replaced by a swirling maelstrom of energy, matter and antimatter Exotic quarks and leptons flickered briefly into existence, bThe Big Bang, the birth of the universe, was a singular event All of the matter of the universe was concentrated at a single point, with temperatures so high that even the familiar protons and neutrons of atoms did not yet exist, but rather were replaced by a swirling maelstrom of energy, matter and antimatter Exotic quarks and leptons flickered briefly into existence, before merging back into the energy sea.This book explains the fascinating world of quarks and leptons and the forces that govern their behavior Told from an experimental physicist s perspective, it forgoes mathematical complexity, using instead particularly accessible figures and apt analogies In addition to the story of quarks and leptons, which are regarded as well accepted fact, the author who is a leading researcher at the world s highest energy particle physics laboratory also discusses mysteries on both the experimental and theoretical frontier, before tying it all together with the exciting field of cosmology and indeed the birth of the universe itself.The text spans the tiny world of the quark to the depths of the universe with exceptional clarity The casual student of science will appreciate the careful distinction between what is known quarks, leptons and antimatter , what is suspected Higgs bosons, neutrino oscillations and the reason why the universe has so little antimatter and what is merely dreamed supersymmetry, superstrings and extra dimensions Included is an unprecedented chapter explaining the accelerators and detectors of modern particle physics experiments The chapter discussing the hunt for the Higgs boson, currently consuming the efforts of nearly 1000 physicists, lends drama that only big stakes science can give Understanding the Universe leaves the reader with a deep appreciation of the fascinating particle realm and just how much it determines the rich beauty of our universe.
Understanding the Universe From Quarks to the Cosmos The Big Bang the birth of the universe was a singular event All of the matter of the universe was concentrated at a single point with temperatures so high that even the familiar protons and neutron

  • Title: Understanding the Universe: From Quarks to the Cosmos
  • Author: Don Lincoln
  • ISBN: 9789812387059
  • Page: 223
  • Format: Paperback
  • 1 thought on “Understanding the Universe: From Quarks to the Cosmos”

    1. i can't express how much i loved this book, I mean it’s hard not to have your pulse racing, this guy knows what he’s talking about and is excited about it. Don Lincoln covers a wide range of topics, all the fascinating things from neutrino oscillation, CPT violation, Higgs mechanism to all the little things associated with each discovery and scientist. Although not entirely convincing to me, his justification for investment in nuclear physics is interesting: we do this because we are human b [...]

    2. This book is simply awesome. My usual complain about science popularization books is that authors tend to try to amaze you by telling either a) that science is some kind of nerdy magic or b) how incomprehensible for mere mortals are the most important facts -which is even worse. Instead, Don Lincoln shows you the real thing: he has a profoundly scientific mind, and so the book is filled not only with the _whats_ but also with the _hows_: there are many passages which directly or indirectly refle [...]

    3. This book is not that hard to understand, and it also has humor to make learning easier. However, it takes time to read, and you have to reread the book at some places. Understanding The Universe was straight to the point, and well explained. It described the history of physics almost fully, and in my opinion the history was not that important. The history of physics could have been shorter, and then it thought me all about tiny particles inside atoms, radiation and relativity (special relativit [...]

    4. A quite enjoyable, easy-to-read introductory overview of particle physics (it took me just a couple of days to go through it). The author manages to explain some potentially intricate concept and experimental results in a very clear and concise manner. Definitely recommended to individuals with no prior or minimal knowledge of this field of inquiry. On the other hand, if you are interested in more quantitative/detailed explanations, this is probably not the book for you - in particular if you ar [...]

    5. When I became curious about sub-atomic articles, I looked for a book that explained the topic for lay people, and found this. (I found it at Reiter's bookstore in DC, which everyone should visit.) There's a short list of scientists who can write clearly for non-scientists, and Don Lincoln is definitely on it. It's an extremely clear and well-written (and sometimes funny) lay person's introduction to particle physics, which--if you've never thought about particles--is deeply fascinating, and expl [...]

    6. Great survey of particle physics from a noted experimentalist. The chapter on accelerators was really top notch. Was left wanting more detail in the final chapter (bringing together cosmology and particle physics), but for a non-technical book, I understand the omissions.

    7. The "story" of science has never been more interesting and harmonical. Learn something new every time I re-read it. Will probably read it a hundred times more

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