Visit our Christmas Gift Finder
Click & Collect from 2 Hours*
Free Delivery to UK Shops
Free UK Standard Delivery On all orders £20 and over Free Delivery to UK Shops Local shops and expert booksellers nationwide Free Click & Collect to UK shops From 2 hours of your order*
Hidden Worlds: Hunting for Quarks in Ordinary Matter (Paperback)
  • Hidden Worlds: Hunting for Quarks in Ordinary Matter (Paperback)
zoom

Hidden Worlds: Hunting for Quarks in Ordinary Matter (Paperback)

(author)
£28.00
Paperback 192 Pages / Published: 22/04/2005
  • We can order this

Usually dispatched within 3 weeks

  • This item has been added to your basket
No one has ever seen a quark. Yet physicists seem to know quite a lot about the properties and behavior of these ubiquitous elementary particles. Here a top researcher introduces us to a fascinating but invisible realm that is part of our everyday life. Timothy Smith tells us what we know about quarks--and how we know it. Though the quarks that make science headlines are typically laboratory creations generated under extreme conditions, most quarks occur naturally. They reside in the protons and neutrons that make up almost all of the universe's known matter, from human DNA to distant nebulae, from books and tables to neutron stars. Smith explains what these quarks are, how they act, and why physicists believe in them sight unseen. How do quarks arrange themselves? What other combinations can nature make? How do quarks hold nuclei together? What else is happening in their hidden worlds? It turns out that these questions can be answered using a few simple principles, such as the old standby: opposites attract. With these few principles, Smith shows how quarks dance around each other and explains what physicists mean when they refer to "up" and "down" quarks and talk about a quark's color, flavor, and spin. Smith also explains how we know what we know about these oddly aloof particles, which are eternally confined inside larger particles. He explains how quark experiments are mounted and how massive accelerators, targets, and detectors work together to collect the data that scientists use to infer what quarks are up to. A nonmathematical tour of the quark world, this book is written for students, educators, and all who enjoy scientific exploration--whether they seek a taste of subnuclear physics or just wonder about nature on the smallest of scales.

Publisher: Princeton University Press
ISBN: 9780691122410
Number of pages: 192
Weight: 28 g
Dimensions: 235 x 152 x 11 mm

You may also be interested in...

Nuclear and Particle Physics
Added to basket
Molecular Quantum Mechanics
Added to basket
Particle Physics: A Very Short Introduction
Added to basket
Higgs
Added to basket
£9.99
Paperback
Smashing Physics
Added to basket
The Elegant Universe
Added to basket
Atomic Physics
Added to basket
£32.49
Paperback
Antimatter
Added to basket
£8.99
Paperback
Higgs Force
Added to basket
£12.99
Paperback
Introducing Particle Physics
Added to basket
Particle Physics
Added to basket
Neutrino
Added to basket
£8.99
Paperback

Please sign in to write a review

Your review has been submitted successfully.