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The particle century
Fraser, Gordon, 1943-
Publication Information:
Bristol ; Philadelphia : Institute of Physics Pub., [1998]

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xxii, 232 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 26 cm
Introduction -- Glossary -- Nobel prizes in physics -- The path of post-war physics / Catherine Westfall and John Krige -- Cosmic rain / W. O. Lock -- First accelerator fruits / Nicholas P. Samios -- The three-quark picture / Yuval Ne'eman -- Finding the internal structures of the proton and neutron / Jerome I. Friedman and Henry W. Kendall -- Gauge theories / M. Veltman -- Unexpected windfall / Roy F. Schwitters -- Weak interactions / Christine Sutton -- Hunting the carriers of the weak force / Carlo Rubbia -- Quark mixing and CP violation / Ahmed Ali and Boris Kayser -- Quark glue / Sau Lan We -- How the standard model works / Guido Altarelli -- The top quark / Melvyn Schochet -- The standard model and beyond / Graham G. Ross -- The tools: accelerators / E. J. N. Wilson -- The tools: detectors / David H. Saxon -- Particle physics and cosmology / John Ellis -- Big bang dynamics / Qaisar Shafi -- Recent advances in astronomy / A. C. Fabian.
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From the first attempts to split the atom to the discovery of the top quark, the 20th century has witnessed a revolution in basic physics. Probing successively smaller constituents of matter has also revealed the conditions present at the time of the Big Bang. In a series of essays by scientists who have been closely involved in this exciting research, The Particle Century describes the unprecedented advances in our understanding of the universe. The book covers major historical developments as well as current advances, including early accelerator physics, the rise of the Standard Model, new comprehension of the big bang theory, and the cutting edge of today's investigations. These essays add novel insight into the continuing efforts to unravel the deepest secrets of nature.

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Particle physics treats the fundamental constituents of matter and the laws governing their interactions. This volume contains 19 articles by eminent physicists describing what we know now and how we learned it. It is largely the story of what is now called the standard model of particle physics, a compelling synthesis of experiment and theory that began developing in the 1970s. Each article considers one topic within particle physics; the choice of topics is very good, with a nice balance of experiment, theory, and history. Three articles are devoted to the increasingly important connection between cosmology and particle physics; not much space is given over to more speculative topics such as string theory, which may occupy particle physics in the next century. A glossary describes necessary professional jargon, and the editor provides a brief, useful introduction to each article. The Particle Century will be read with pleasure by anyone with a strong interest in this fundamental area of physics, or in the history of science. Warmly recommended to general readers, undergraduate and graduate students, scientists outside particle physics, faculty, and professionals. M. C. Ogilvie; Washington University