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 a dramatic--and human--chronicle of scientific investigators at the last frontier of knowledge. Robert Crease and Charles Mann take the reader on a fascinating journey in search of "unification" (a description of how matter behaves that can apply equally to everything) with brilliant scientists such as Niels Bohr, Max Planck, Albert Einstein, Erwin Schrödinger, Richard Feynman, Murray Gell-Mann, Sheldon Glashow, Steven Weinberg, and many others. They provide the definitive and highly entertaining story of the development of modern physics, and the human story of the physicists who set out to find the "theory of everything."

The Second Creation tells the story of some of the most talented and idiosyncratic people in the world--many times in their own words. Crease and Mann conducted hundreds of interviews to capture the thinking and the personalities as well as the science. The authors make this complex subject matter clear and absorbing.
 

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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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About the author (1996)

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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