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Description - The Theory of Almost Everything by Robert Oerter

This is a guide to the most important theory in modern physics - a tour de force of science writing. The Standard Model is the most important theory in modern physics. It is the tried-and-true theory of all known physical interactions, with the exception of gravity. Outside of scientific circles it is not nearly as well known as string theory or chaos theory. But it is more important than both, and it is absolutely essential to understanding where we are heading next in physics. Now, in a tour de force of science writing, physicist Robert Oerter reveals the Standard Model to the general public. "The Standard Model" combines Einstein's special relativity with quantum mechanics, revealing a bizarre reality beneath the surface of the mundane world that we all experience. Particles pop into existence from pure energy. Light travels to a given destination on all possible paths at the same time. Making use of rich analogy and metaphor, Oerter illuminates the quantum world of the Standard Model. He shows that although the theory seems absurd from a commonsense point of view, it nonetheless fully agrees with experiment. After lucidly explaining the Standard Model's implications for the universe as a whole, Oerter takes readers to the edge of physics. He shows how new developments could alter the Standard Model. Experiments now running are searching for neutrino mass and the holy grail of particle physics, the Higgs boson.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780452287860
ISBN-10: 0452287863
Format: Paperback
(215mm x 139mm x mm)
Pages: 336
Imprint: Plume
Publisher: Penguin Putnam Inc
Publish Date: 11-Feb-2006
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Robert Oerter

Robert Oerter teaches physics at George Mason University. He lives in Maryland.