## Fearful symmetry: the search for beauty in modern physicsFearful Symmetrybrings the incredible discoveries of contemporary physics within everyone's grasp. A. Zee, a distinguished physicist and skillful expositor, tells the exciting story of how today's theoretical physicists are following Einstein in their search for the beauty and simplicity of Nature. Animated by a sense of reverence and whimsy, the book describes the majestic sweep and accomplishments of twentieth-century physics. In the end, we stand in awe before the grand vision of modern physics--one of the greatest chapters in the intellectual history of humankind. |

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In Search of Beauty | 3 |

Marriage of Time and Space | 51 |

A Happy Thought | 76 |

Copyright | |

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