Fundamental Forces Of Nature: The Story of Gauge Fields (Google eBook)

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World Scientific, Jan 1, 2007 - Electronic books - 285 pages
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"Gauge fields are the messengers carrying signals between elementary particles, enabling them to interact with each other. Originating at the level of quarks, these basic interactions percolate upwards, through nuclear and atomic physics, through chemical and solid state physics, to make our everyday world go round. This book tells the story of gauge fields, from Maxwell's 1860 theory of electromagnetism to the 1954 theory of Yang and Mills that underlies the Standard Model of elementary particle theory. In the course of the narration, the author introduces people and events in experimental and theoretical physics that contribute to ideas that have shaped our conception of the physical world"--Provided by publisher.
  

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Contents

1 What Makes the World Tick?
1
2 Electromagnetism
13
3 The Vacuum is the Medium
25
4 Let There be Light
39
The Struggle for Quantum Theory
47
6 Quantum Reality
59
7 What is Charge?
69
8 The Zen of Rotation
77
15 The Particle Explosion
147
16 Quarks
157
17 All Interactions are Local
169
18 Broken Symmetry
181
19 Quark Confinement
193
20 Hanging Threads of Silk
201
21 The World in a Grain of Sand
215
22 In the Space of All Possible Theories
227

NonCommuting Charges
85
10 Photons Real and Virtual
95
11 Creation and Annihilation
101
12 The Dynamical Vacuum
113
13 Elementary Particles
127
14 The Fall of Parity
139
Beauty is Truth
237
Appendix Nobel Prize in Physics
239
Name Index
261
Subject Index
265
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