Deep Down Things: The Breathtaking Beauty of Particle

Deep Down Things: The Breathtaking Beauty of Particle Physics A useful scientific theory, claimed Einstein, must be explicable to any intelligent person In Deep Down Things, experimental particle physicist Bruce Schumm has taken this dictum to heart, providing in clear, straightforward prose an elucidation of the Standard Model of particle physics a theory that stands as one of the crowning achievements of twentieth century science In this one of a kind book, the work of many of the past century s most notable physicists, including Einstein, Schrodinger, Heisenberg, Dirac, Feynman, Gell Mann, and Weinberg, is knit together in a thorough and accessible exposition of the revolutionary notions that underlie our current view of the fundamental nature of the physical world Schumm, who has spent much of his life emmersed in the subatomic world, goes far beyond a mere presentation of the building blocks of matter, bringing to life the remarkable connection between the ivory tower world of the abstract mathematician and the day to day, life enabling properties of the natural world Schumm leaves us with an insight into the profound open questions of particle physics, setting the stage for understanding the progress the field is poised to make over the next decade or twoIntroducing readers to the world of particle physics, Deep Down Things opens new realms within which are many clues to unraveling the mysteries of the universe Wonderful read Next looking for quantum gravity I really enjoyed this book It has enough math to make you think and the writing style moves things along It was written before the Higgs was confirmed and lays out nicely what was predicted. Excellent, comprehensive and accessible review of particle physics from the dawn of quantum theory up to supersymmetry and Higgs mechanism 4.5 stars, actually slightly too long for 5 stars. Dense, but rewarding I feel that a lot of books on particle physics give peopleof a familiarity with the labels attached to various physical phenomena and some of their whiz bang consequences, rather than a deep understanding of them Even without a physics degree, if you put in the time to struggle with this book, you ll come back with an understanding of the beauty of the subatomic world Lost one star because the final chapter, bringing the rest of the book together, was a bit of an ov Dense, but rewarding I feel that a lot of books on particle physics give peopleof a familiarity with the labels attached to various physical phenomena and some of their whiz bang consequences, rather than a deep understanding of them Even without a physics degree, if you put in the time to struggle with this book, you ll come back with an understanding of the beauty of the subatomic world Lost one star because the final chapter, bringing the rest of the book together, was a bit of an overload and took multiple rereads, to be honest I kind of skimmed it.If you enjoy this kind of stuff at this level read Matt Strasslers blog, Of Particular Significance via via B Hard An exceptional book on the beauty of particle physics I m so glad I found this in my quest for researching Quantum Physics It is incredibly difficult to find an author or writer who will take the time to explain the inner workings of particle physics for the layperson, and Schumm does such a wonderful job So concise and direct, but still has a conversational prose infused with his own excitement so as to keep you interested and engaged Now this book definitely isn t for the beginner Probabl An exceptional book on the beauty of particle physics I m so glad I found this in my quest for researching Quantum Physics It is incredibly difficult to find an author or writer who will take the time to explain the inner workings of particle physics for the layperson, and Schumm does such a wonderful job So concise and direct, but still has a conversational prose infused with his own excitement so as to keep you interested and engaged Now this book definitely isn t for the beginner Probably not for the intermediate either, haha There are many things I didn t get, as he delves deeply into abstract mathematics Scary But I think if you ve had familiarity with the inner workings of the Standard Model and other basic tenants of Quantum Mechanics, you can understand the gist and implications of what he is talking about I actually enjoyed the fact that he doesn t make it too simple, diving right into the nitty gritty of the fundamental nature of reality It shedlight on the deeper inner workings of particles I now understand the nature of particle spin where all authors I ve read take it for granted and the four forces, opening up avenues from Quantum Field Theory which seeks to unify quantum mechanics and general relativity that I had not known before There is just so much packed into this book, I am amazed that he was able to do so At any rate, it is an awesome book Probably my favorite on this subject Reality at the smallest of scales is full of strange, abstract truths and I am glad there are authors such as Schumm who take the time to teach us average folk and unveil its beauty to us The only thing we can say with certainty is that we know that there is indeed something unknown out there Schumm Not an easy read but I got a lot out of it Schumm does not write as clearly imo as Richard Feynman, who for me is the gold standard, and he does produce a few strange analogies, but I didor less follow what he was saying The book was written before the Higgs Boson was found, so it is interesting to read with the benefit of hindsight what he says about it, such as how its mass was predicted.The only error that I noticed was the claim that a small amount of mass is equivalent to a large Not an easy read but I got a lot out of it Schumm does not write as clearly imo as Richard Feynman, who for me is the gold standard, and he does produce a few strange analogies, but I didor less follow what he was saying The book was written before the Higgs Boson was found, so it is interesting to read with the benefit of hindsight what he says about it, such as how its mass was predicted.The only error that I noticed was the claim that a small amount of mass is equivalent to a large amount of energy, as a result of E mc 2, because c is so large This is not true, because the numerical size depends on the choice of units If the unit of speed is a light year per second, and the unit of mass is the mass of the sun, then the energy equivalent of a modest amount of matter is numerically absolutely tiny Apart from that I noticed no errors This is the BEST layman s explanation of particle physics I can t recommend it too highly Helped me appreciate the significance of some of the experiments that are ongoing at CERN etc such as the hunt for the Higgs boson Got me thinking about the question what is the speed of gravity It s the speed of lightso how come you can calculate the trajectories of satellites without a delay time to account for finite speed of gravity Mysterious, isn t it Why is it that there ismatter than This is the BEST layman s explanation of particle physics I can t recommend it too highly Helped me appreciate the significance of some of the experiments that are ongoing at CERN etc such as the hunt for the Higgs boson Got me thinking about the question what is the speed of gravity It s the speed of lightso how come you can calculate the trajectories of satellites without a delay time to account for finite speed of gravity Mysterious, isn t it Why is it that there ismatter than antimatter in the universe, but the net charge of the universe is exactly zero What s so special about the weak nuclear force Read this book and find out.Also contains a beautifully intuitive explanation of the connection between the very abstract math of Lie groups algebras and particle physics I ve read a few books on sub atomic physics now I ve had a fascination with the subject ever since seeing an episode of Nova on the four forces when I was a kid This book delivers on a layman s view of such matters, but also shows how they fit together, and how our understanding of them is getting us closer to a grand unified theory, and as an added bonus what the heck the significance of the Higgs boson is in all of this Even though this book was written slightly before the Higgs was final I ve read a few books on sub atomic physics now I ve had a fascination with the subject ever since seeing an episode of Nova on the four forces when I was a kid This book delivers on a layman s view of such matters, but also shows how they fit together, and how our understanding of them is getting us closer to a grand unified theory, and as an added bonus what the heck the significance of the Higgs boson is in all of this Even though this book was written slightly before the Higgs was finally discovered It took me a while to finish, but if you are interested in the subject and have not had the benefit of formalized study, I highly recommend it the author has a good sense of humor and is adept at explaining things that can really only be understood as metaphors


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