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Inward Bound of Matter and Forces in the Physical World

by Abraham Pais

  • ISBN: 9780198519973
  • ISBN10: 0198519974

Inward Bound of Matter and Forces in the Physical World

by Abraham Pais

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  • Binding: Paperback
  • Publisher: Oxford Univ Pr
  • Publish date: 09/01/1988
  • ISBN: 9780198519973
  • ISBN10: 0198519974
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Description: Purpose and plan; PART I: 1895-1945: A HISTORY; The new rays; From uranic rays to radioactivity; The first particle; Interlude: earliest physiological discoveries; Radioactivity's three early puzzles; Pitfalls of simplicity; -spectra 1907-1914; Atomic structure and spectral lines; 'It was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity'; Nuclear physics' tender age; Quantum mechanics, an essay; First encounters with symmetry and invariance; Nuclearphysics: the age of paradox; Quantum fields, or how particles are made and how they disappear; Battling the infinite; In which the nucleus acquires a new constituent, loses an old one, reveals new forceswith new symmetries, and is explored by new experimental methods - the 1930s; PART II: THE POSTWAR YEARS: A MEMOIR; Of quantum electrodynamics' triumphs and limitations and of a new particle sobering impact; In which particle physics enters the era of big machines and big detectors and pion physics goes through ups and downs; Onset of an era: new forms of matter appear, old symmetries crumble; Essay on modern times: 1960-83; Being a conclusion that starts as epilog and ends as prolog.
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