From Quanta to Quarks: More Anecdotal History of Physics

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World Scientific, 2007 - Science - 157 pages
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This enlightening book, a sequel to QUIPS, QUOTES, AND QUANTA, helps readers to understand how physicists think about and look at the world. Starting with the discovery and investigation of cosmic rays, the book proceeds to cover some major areas of modern physics in laymen's terms. Unlike other books that deal with the history of physics, this volume concentrates on anecdotes about the physicists who created the new ideas, with a heavy emphasis on personal incidents and quotes. At the same time it presents, in every day language, the ideas created by these physicists. Both thematic and biographical in nature, readers will be entertained with humorous events in the lives of some famous scientists. Readers will also learn quite a lot about modern physics without the mathematical details, but with the important concepts intact.

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Read parts of this book--totally lost interest. Probably written more for the professional physicist who would be familiar with the characters she describes. Read full review

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1 Prologue
2 The Birthcry of Atoms
3 The Dirac Equation
4 Quantum Field Theory
5 The Strongest Force
The Atom Bomb
7 Elementary Particles
8 Of Matter Liquid and Solid
9 Cosmology
10 Black Holes
11 Epilogue
12 Glossary and Timeline

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Anton Z. Capri was born in 1938 in Czernowitz, Romania. He came to Canada in 1949. After St. Paul's School in Toronto he attended Jarvis Collegiate Institute and finished as valedictorian in 1957. He then entered the University of Toronto and graduated in 1961with a B.A.Sc. in Engineering Physics. In 1960 he married Skaidrite Kveps. After Anton got his degree he accepted a position with Kimberley-Clark Corporation in their Pioneering Research Department in Neenah, Wisconsin. In 1963 he entered Princeton University as a graduate student in physics and finished with a M.A in 1965 and Ph.D. under Professor Arthur S. Wightman in 1967. He then accepted a postdoctoral position at the University of Alberta. This turned into a visiting professorship in 1968 and into a tenure track position in 1969. Until his retirement as a full professor in 1998, Anton has remained at the University of Alberta. He has also served as the director of the Theoretical Physics Institute of the University of Alberta. He spent a year as an Alexander von Humboldt Senior Research Fellow at the Max Planck Institute fur Physik und Astrophysik, in Munich, Germany and was frequently invited as guest professor or research scientist to the following institutions: University of Innsbruck, University of Pisa, University of Milan, University of Trento, Italy, University of Poona, India, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Bombay, Gifu University, Gifu, Japan. During his academic career, Anton Capri has published more than seventy research papers, five books on physics and chapters in several books on physics. In addition he has published three novels, a collection of short stories, and collection of poems. At present he continues his association with the University of Alberta as Professor Emeritus. He is also Adjunct Professor at Athabasca University, Alberta. Anton Z. Capri has three daughters, one granddaughter, three grandsons, and two great grand daughters. He lives with his wife, Skaidrite, in Edmonton and travels frequently to his cottage north of Athabasca. His activities include writing, badminton, hunting, and fishing.

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