The Second Creation: Makers of the Revolution in Twentieth-century Physics

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Rutgers University Press, 1996 - Biography & Autobiography - 484 pages
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The Second Creation is the intimate story of the decades-long scientific quest for unification, a theory that draws together all matter and energy, from the hottest supernovas to the whirring fragments of the atom. Based on scores of in-depth interviews with such brilliant scientists as Max Planck, Erwin Schrodinger, Richard Feynman, Murray Gell-Mann, Sheldon Glashow, and Steven Weinberg, Robert Crease and Charles Mann vividly portray the tense, exciting world of investigators at the last frontier of knowledge. In telling the richly human story of the two generations of scientists who set out to find the theory of everything, the authors recount a sweeping saga that moves from the early days of Albert Einstein and Niels Bohr arguing in a Copenhagen park to the vast, mile-long atom smashers of today. The Second Creation is a definitive group portrait of twentieth-century physics.Robert P. Crease is an associate professor of philosophy at SUNY--Stony Brook. Award-winning science writer Charles C. Mann is a contributing editor of The Atlantic Monthly and Science magazine. His most recent book is Noah's Choice.
  

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Review: The Second Creation: Makers of the Revolution in Twentieth-Century Physics

User Review  - Thomas A Wiebe - Goodreads

Humbled again by particle physics This is a history of the development of the Standard Model of particle physics, circa 1986. It is well regarded by physicists for its sociological treatment, as well ... Read full review

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User Review  - Steve Horton - Goodreads

This work provided a lucid and compelling history of quantum physics. The scientific jargon, although necessary on some level because of the subject, does not overwhelm. Authors Crease and Mann do a ... Read full review

Contents

Beginnings and Ends
1
The Man Who Talked
20
A Childrens Crusade
34
Uncertaintys Triumph
52
The Man Who Listened
75
Infinity
92
The Shift
110
Killing the Hydra Part I
129
Broken Symmetry
231
The Eightfold Way
253
The King and His Quarks
280
Killing the Hydra Fart 11
311
Neutral CurrentsAlternating Currents
337
The Beginning of Time
393
The End of Physics
410
A Note on People and History
425

From Deepest Space
147
THE WEAK FORCE
176
Weakness
196
Steps to Unification
215
Notes
431
Index
475
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Charles C. Mann is a correspondent for The Atlantic Monthly, Science, and Wired. He has also written for Fortune, The New York Times, Smithsonian, Technology Review, Vanity Fair, The Washington Post, the television network HBO, and the television series Law and Order. He has received writing awards from the American Bar Association, the American Institute of Physics, the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, and the Lannan Foundation. He has written or co-written several books including The Second Creation: Makers of the Revolution in 20th-Century Physics, The Aspirin Wars: Money, Medicine, and 100 Years of Rampant Competition, Noah's Choice: The Future of Endangered Species, At Large: The Strange Case of the Internet's Biggest Invasion, and 1493: Uncovering the New World Columbus Created which made The New York Times Best Seller List for 2012. His book, 1491, won the National Academies Communication Award for the best book of the year.

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