Out of this World: Colliding Universes, Branes, Strings, and Other Wild Ideas of Modern Physics

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Springer Science & Business Media, May 25, 2004 - Mathematics - 308 pages
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This book is an attempt to share some of the fascinating and exciting ideas of modern theoretical physics with a non-mathematical audience. I also hope to give some appreciation of the exceptionally creative people who have generated these ideas. I had no intention of writing a comprehen sive history of these ideas, however; I apologize to those physicists whose important contributions I may have omitted. Several people have contributed directly to the writing of this book, and I would like to take this chance to thank them. Clive Horwood of Praxis Publishing and Paul Farrell of Copernicus Books have both been supportive of the project. Anna Painter has been an exceptionally thorough editor and has provided invaluable advice. Dr John Mason and Lyman Lyons both offered constructive criticism of an early draft. The errors that remai- and errors and misinterpretations are inevitable in any attempt to explain the subtle ideas of theoretical physics without the aid of mathematics - are my sole responsibility. I would like to thank Ron, Ronnie, Peter, Jackie, Emily, and Abigail for their support. And, most importantly, I would like to thank Heike and Jessica for their patience. Stephen Webb Milton Keynes, April 2004 1X FIGURE CREDITS I would like to acknowledge the following sources and copyright holders for granting permission to use their images. Figure 8 is from the Wilson A. Bentley collection. Figure 14 is courtesy ofNASA.
  

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User Review  - IslandDave - LibraryThing

(cross-posted on my blog: http://davenichols.net/out-world-stephen-webb) I didn't expect to enjoy this book as much as I did. Having picked it up a few weeks ago, I expected it to sit on my shelf ... Read full review

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User Review  - fpagan - LibraryThing

A good one -- more informative than most qualitative accounts of the latest beyond-the-Standard-Model physics. Dares to describe such things as the AdS/CFT correspondence (Anti-de Sitter / Conformal ... Read full review

Contents

INTRODUCTION
1
SYMMETRY
9
TWIN PILLARS OF PHYSICS
29
BUILDING BLOCKS OF THE UNIVERSE
49
THE STANDARD MODEL
79
GUTS AND SUSY
113
HIGHER DIMENSIONS
141
SUPERSTRINGS
153
THE STORY OF M
181
OF BRANES AND BLACK HOLES
207
OUR WORLD AS A HOLOGRAM
225
WHEN WORLDS COLLIDE
245
GLOSSARY
287
BIBLIOGRAPHY
301
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Stephen Webb works in Learning and Teaching Solutions at the Open University, England, and is the author of WHERE IS EVERYBODY? (Copernicus Books, 2002.)

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