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Author Marburger, John
Title Constructing Reality : Quantum Theory and Particle Physics
Imprint Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 2011
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Note Cover -- Constructing Reality -- Title -- Copyright -- Contents -- 1 The nature of things -- 1.1 NATURE DOES NOT CONFORM TO OUR EXPECTATIONS -- 1.2 EXPLANATION VERSUS DESCRIPTION -- 1.3 PHYSICISTS KEEP TRYING TO EXPLAIN THE "UNEXPLAINED" -- NOTES -- 2 Matter and motion in space and time -- 2.1 BERNHARD RIEMANN SPECULATES ON THE EMPIRICAL NATURE OF GEOMETRY -- 2.2 THE WORK OF PHYSICS -- 2.3 NEWTON'S UNVISUALIZABLE DESCRIPTION OF NATURE'S ACTION -- 2.4 MAXWELL ADDS FIELDS TO THE LIST OF THINGS THAT ARE -- 2.5 MAXWELL'S IMPACT (1): THE INVARIANT SPEED OF LIGHT -- 2.6 EINSTEIN EXPOSES PREJUDICES ABOUT SPACE AND TIME -- 2.7 A DIGRESSION ON E = MC2 -- 2.8 MINKOWSKI STRETCHES A NEW CANVAS FOR THE DEPICTION OF NATURE -- 2.9 THE EVOLVING UNIVERSE AS A TAPESTRY OF WORLD-LINES IN SPACE-TIME -- 2.10 EINSTEIN SAYS THE LAWS OF MOTION MUST NOT DEPEND UPON OURSELVES -- 2.11 A NEW WAY OF THINKING ABOUT THE LAWS OF MOTION -- 2.12 AN "EXPLANATION" FOR GRAVITY -- 2.13 WEYL'S ATTEMPT TO EXPLAIN ELECTROMAGNETISM -- 2.14 REFLECTIONS ON RIEMANN'S IDEA OF GEOMETRY AS PHYSICS -- NOTES -- 3 Reality large and small -- 3.1 DIGRESSION ON THE QUALITY OF KNOWLEDGE IN A UNIVERSE OF ATOMS -- 3.2 MAXWELL'S IMPACT (2): THE MISMATCH BETWEEN PARTICLES AND FIELDS -- 3.3 PLANCK POSTULATES A RELATION BETWEEN ENERGY AND FREQUENCY -- 3.4 THE MATTER WAVE OF DE BROGLIE AND SCHRÖDINGER -- 3.5 MEANWHILE, BACK IN COPENHAGEN . . . -- 3.6 MAX BORN'S STATISTICAL INTERPRETATION -- 3.7 THE QUANTUM MICROSCOPIC WORLD VIEW: STEP 1 -- 3.8 SCHRÖDINGER'S CAT -- 3.9 WAVES VERSUS PARTICLES -- 3.10 ABOUT WAVES -- 3.11 THE "UNCERTAINTY PRINCIPLE" -- 3.12 AMPLITUDES AND PHASES -- 3.13 QUANTUM PHASE AS A NEW "DIMENSION" OF NATURE, AND WEYL'S TRIUMPH -- 3.14 ELECTROMAGNETISM "EXPLAINED" -- NOTES -- 4 The language of Nature -- 4.1 MATHEMATICAL THINGS -- 4.2 SCHRÖDINGER'S WAVE AS A SET OF VECTOR COMPONENTS
4.3 THE QUANTUM STATE VECTOR IS NOT OF THIS WORLD -- 4.4 A NEW PERSPECTIVE ON UNCERTAINTY AND COMPLEMENTARITY -- 4.5 MORE STRUCTURE FOR SCHRÖDINGER'S WAVE: "INTRINSIC SPIN" -- 4.6 SPIN IS NOT ENOUGH -- 4.7 THE POSITRON INTRUDES -- 4.8 ANTI-MATTER -- NOTES -- 5 More is different -- 5.1 THE QUANTUM MICROSCOPIC WORLD VIEW: STEP 2 -- 5.2 SYSTEMS WITH MULTIPLE EXCITATIONS -- 5.3 QUANTUM FIELD THEORY -- 5.4 GUESSING EQUATIONS OF MOTION -- 5.5 "STATISTICS" -- 5.6 ABOUT DETECTORS -- 5.7 THE DISTURBING ARGUMENT OF EINSTEIN, PODOLSKY, AND ROSEN (EPR) -- 5.8 BELL'S INEQUALITY -- 5.9 THE ENTANGLED UNIVERSE -- NOTES -- 6 The machinery of particle discovery -- 6.1 MAXWELL'S IMPACT (3): ATOMISM UNDERMINED -- 6.2 PARTICLE SPECTROSCOPY -- 6.3 THE BIG MACHINES -- 6.4 NEUTRONS AND NEUTRINOS -- 6.5 MORE INTERNAL "DIMENSIONS"? ISOSPIN -- 6.6 MESONS AND THE RANGE OF FORCES -- 6.7 IF ISOSPIN WERE "REAL" -- 6.8 SYMMETRIES (1): CONSERVATION LAWS -- 6.9 SYMMETRIES (2): GROUPS -- 6.10 SYMMETRIES (3): GROUP REPRESENTATIONS -- 6.11 THE GAME OF PARTICLE DISCOVERY -- 6.12 UNITARITY AND RENORMALIZATION -- 6.13 SPONTANEOUS SYMMETRY BREAKING -- NOTES -- 7 The Standard Model -- 7.1 LEPTONS -- 7.2 QUARKS -- 7.3 FORCES -- 7.4 ELECTROMAGNETISM AND QED -- 7.5 THE STRONG FORCE AND QCD -- 7.6 THE WEAK FORCE (BUT NO QWD) -- 7.7 ELECTRO-WEAK UNIFICATION -- 7.8 PARITY VIOLATION -- 7.9 CP VIOLATION -- 7.10 THE PROBLEM OF MASS -- 7.11 A DIGRESSION ON SUPERCONDUCTIVITY -- 7.12 THE HIGGS MECHANISM -- 7.13 THE HIGGS BOSON(S) -- NOTES -- 8 The proliferation of matter -- 8.1 AN ABBREVIATED HISTORY OF CREATION -- 8.2 NUCLEONS AND NUCLEI -- 8.3 THE PERIODIC TABLE OF ELEMENTS -- NOTES -- Epilogue: Beneath reality -- Appendix: How quantum mechanics is used -- NOTES -- References -- Index
Essential guide to the world of particle physics, providing background to the bold ideas and challenges faced by physicists today
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Link Print version: Marburger, John Constructing Reality : Quantum Theory and Particle Physics Cambridge : Cambridge University Press,c2011 9781107004832
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