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  • Hardcover
  • 448 pages
  • The Infinity Puzzle
  • Frank Close
  • English
  • 17 July 2017
  • 0465021441

10 thoughts on “The Infinity Puzzle

  1. says:

    I must say that this book left me a bit disappointed and quite underwhelmed it is well written, very detailed when describing the historical evolution of modern particle physics, rich with anecdotal detail and also conceptually precise and lucid, but it simply does not contain enough actual physics.On the positive side, some subjects of great interest are addressed by the author in a succinct, informative and clear way, accessible even to the noviceincluding items, like gauge field theories, I must say that this book left me a bit disappointed and quite underwhelmed it is well written, very detailed when describing the historical evolution of modern particle physics, rich with anecdotal detail and also conceptually precise and lucid, but it simply does not contain enough actual physics.On the positive side, some subjects of great interest are addressed by the author in a succinct, informative and clear way, accessible even to the noviceincluding items, like gauge field theories, re normalization and spontaneous symmetry breaking, that are normally not addressed in the large majority of popular science bookshowever I must point out that way too much space in the book has been dedicated to specific events conferences, to the r...


  2. says:

    Close provided a history of quantum physics from QED and Feynman s diagrams to the hunt for the Higgs I never get tired of Feynman s antics, and it s clear Frank Close doesn t either Like so many other researchers with new and bold ideas, Feynman s new ideas associated with QED were not taken seriously The debates were always very heated, so much so, that one time, Feynman gave up mid lecture even though he was right He came back the next time with his not yet famous diagrams But even Close provided a history of quantum physics from QED and Feynman s diagrams to the hunt for the Higgs I never get tired of Feynman s antics, and it s clear Frank Close doesn t either Like so many other researchers with new and bold ideas, Feynman s new ideas associated with QED were not taken seriously The debates were always very heated, so much so, that one time, Feynman gave up mid lecture even though he was right He came back the next time with his not yet famous diagrams But even with the diagrams, people simply did not take his idea seriously They would ask how he knew what he knew, and all he could offer was that the formula was correct because it gave the right answer They would ask how he came up with the formula and he said he just knew it because it gave the right answer This was just circular arguing to most People were not buying it Eventua...


  3. says:

    This is a really important popular science book if you are interested in physics, because it covers some of the important bits of modern physics that most of us science writers are too afraid to write about Starting with renormalization in QED, the technique used to get rid of the unwanted infinities that plagued the early versions of the theory and moving on to the weak force, the massive W and Z bosons, the Higgs business and the development of the concept of quarks and some aspects of the th This is a really important popular science book if you are interested in physics, because it covers some of the important bits...


  4. says:

    This is a detailed history of the discoveries of Quantum Electrodynamics QED , Quantum Chromodynamics QCD , and their unification into the Standard Model by spontaneous symmetry breaking and the Higgs mechanism It s one of those people driven histories of science, which can get boring if not petty at times But overall, it tells an exciting story of this impressive achievement.The central theme of the book is renormalization in Gauge Theory The first half of the book introduces the reader to This is a detailed history of the discoveries of Quantum Electrodynamics QED , Quantum Chromodynamics QCD , and their unification into the Standard Model by spontaneous symmetry breaking and the Higgs mechanism It s one of those people driven histories ...


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    There s almost not a wasted word in this book If you blink while listening, you might lose track of the physics The author is very good at writing a history of quantum science from QED to looking for the Higgs boson.He uses the narrative of the scientific players to describe the physics There is nothing of the physics or the math for which he does not explain before he talks about it The problem is the author explains the physics at the moment of introduction than assumes that you will under There s almost not a wasted word in this book If you blink while listening, you might lose track of the physics The author is very good at writing a history of quantum science from QED to looking for the Higgs boson.He uses the narrative of the scientific players to describe the physics There is nothing of the physics or the math for which he does not explain before he talks about it The problem is the author explains the physics at the moment of introduction than assumes that you will understand it and won t explain it to you again.A large...


  6. says:

    If you are fascinated at all with recent and by recent, I mean the latter half of the 20th century development in physics, and the major players involved, then this book is for you I am of the personal belief that even though science at its best is about the world, what makes science human is the people behind it And...


  7. says:

    This was definitely not what I thought it was going to be It wasof a history of the various forerunners into the ideas that go behind much of theoretical physics and quantum field theory but contained very little science in it Frankly I could care ...


  8. says:

    The Infinity Puzzle Quantum Field Theory and the Hunt for an Orderly Universe was published in late 2011, just as experimental physicists at the Large Hadron Collider LHC were homing in on the long sought Higgs particle In this book, British particle physicist Frank Close successfully meets two very difficult challenges.First, Close provides a non mathematical but honest account of the most important developments in theoretical elementary particle physics over the last several decades It is The Infinity Puzzle Quantum Field Theory and the Hunt for an Orderly Universe was published in late 2011, just as experimental physicists at the Large Hadron Collider LHC were homing in on the long sought Higgs particle In this book, British particle physicist Frank Close successfully meets two very difficult challenges.First, Close provides a non mathematical but honest account of the most imp...


  9. says:

    if you remove what was and what could be the book would be good Re living the history again in another book was frustrating especially this one Way too many names mentioned Quantum field theory was mentioned twice despite it appearing on the front cover I believe the author is a super symmetry theorist as that is mentioned many times throughout the book but without an endorsement Very good descriptions of the Higgs boson the book was written a year before the higgs discovery throughout if you remove what was and what could be the book...


  10. says:

    The last book I read, many years ago, on particle physics was called The Dancing Wu Li Masters, which was published back in 1979 Much has happened since then, and I picked this book to try to catch up on this interesting field of physics But all of the concepts and ideas and terms discussed in this book e.g broken symmetry, Yang Mills theory, SU 2 x U 1 , gauge invariance, and many others were a lot to grasp and appreciate for me I think this is a good book, but I think you will like this The last book I read, many years ago, on particle physics was cal...


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The Infinity Puzzle Speculation Is Rife That By 2012 The Elusive Higgs Boson Will Be Found At The Large Hadron Collider If Found, The Higgs Boson Would Help Explain Why Everything Has Mass But There S At Stake What We Re Really Testing Is Our Capacity To Make The Universe Reasonable Our Best Understanding Of Physics Is Predicated On Something Known As Quantum Field Theory Unfortunately, In Its Raw Form, It Doesn T Make Sense Its Outputs Are Physically Impossible Infinite Percentages When They Should Be Something Simpler, Like The Number 1 The Kind Of Physics That The Higgs Boson Represents Seeks To Renormalize Field Theory, Forcing Equations To Provide Answers That Match What We See In The Real World The Infinity Puzzle Is The Story Of A Wild Idea On The Road To Acceptance Only Close Can Tell It.


About the Author: Frank Close

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