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Paperback 364 Pages / Published: 02/02/1995
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The Force of Symmetry gives an elementary introduction to the spectacular interplay between the three great themes of contemporary physics: quantum behaviour; relativity; and symmetry. In clear, non-technical language, though without oversimplification, it explores many fascinating aspects of modern physics, discussing the nature and interaction of force and matter. All these themes are drawn together, towards the end of the book, to describe the most successful physics theory in history, the 'standard model' of subatomic particles. The lively and non-technical approach of this book will make it suitable for first-year undergraduates in the physical sciences and mathematics, or even to those just about to embark on such courses. It will also be a valuable accompaniment to more advanced texts on quantum mechanics and particle physics.

Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521455916
Number of pages: 364
Weight: 640 g
Dimensions: 235 x 193 x 21 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
'... this book supports the effort to show that a sufficiently motivated novice can appreciate the intricacies at the forefront of physics ... I applaud it.' Lawrence M. Krauss Physics Today
'If physics aims to provide a theory of everything, then this book provides an explanation of everything...Vincent Icke is clearly a master at providing convincing explanatons of esoteric ideas...If ever there were to be a book that persuades nonscientists that physics is understandable, even at its most esoteric outer limits, this is it.' The Times Higher Education Supplement
'The fun style carries the reader through what in many other books is hard going ... a highly recommended book for all those embarking on a study of physics, and also for those who changed their minds and became the general reader.' A. D. Andrews Irish Astronomical Journal
'... refreshingly different from any roughly comparable one that I know.' Ian Aitchinson Physics World
"...provides a good introduction to the importance of symmetry in physics....trylu covers a large amount of material at the conceptual level and appears not to omit any concepts of quantum mechanics or basic relativity...a good supplement or source of review." E. Kincanon, Choice
"Vincent Icke is clearly a master at providing convincing explanations of esoteric ideas....So, who will read it? Students, certainly, but it will also be enjoyed by all scientists. In addition, however, it should be read by anyone interested in the history of ideas. If ever there were to be a book that persuades nonscientists that physics is understandable, even at its most esoteric outer limits, this is it." Michael Leask, Times Higher Education Supplement

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