There are two scientific theories that, taken together, explain the entire universe The first, which describes the force of gravity, is widely known Einsteins General Theory of Relativity But the theory that explains everything elsethe Standard Model of Elementary Particlesis virtually unknown among the general public.In The Theory of Almost Everything, Robert Oerter shows how what were once thought to be separate forces of nature were combined into a single theory by some of the most brilliant minds of the twentieth century Rich with accessible analogies and lucid prose, The Theory of Almost Everything celebrates a heretofore unsung achievement in human knowledgeand reveals the sublime structure that underlies the world as we know it....
|Title||:||The Theory of Almost Everything: The Standard Model, the Unsung Triumph of Modern Physics|
|Number of Pages||:||407 Pages|
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The Theory of Almost Everything: The Standard Model, the Unsung Triumph of Modern Physics Reviews
I like reading about science. With the buzz about the Higg's boson, I wanted to understand the Standard Model, i.e. to the extent that a non-physicist can. I read 2 other books, and they left me unsatisfied - more focused on the people or the quest or whatever. This is the one I was looking for. I think Mr. Oerter does a great job. Newton changed our ancestors' world, and E = Mc2 has been the sexiest scientific formula since before computers. The Standard Model has got to be the un-sexiest name any of these physicists could come up with, and it comes with a complete lack of pithy formulas with which we can impress our friends. Apparently for those reasons this huge advancement in our understanding hasn't been in the public's attention. If you are interested in science but don't happen to be a physicist, read this book.
I found this book to be an interesting and readable introduction to the modern theory of particle physics. One does not have to be a professional physicist to understand this book, and I came off with a lot of useful understanding, much more than I had when I first opened the book.
I am nearly at retirement age and am finally catching up on the area of particule physics that has always fascinated me since university. I only studied physics and chemistry in first year(1974-1978) of an undergraduate course that included three years of maths. I enjoy reading about science, especially physics and astronomy.
This is an excellent book for understanding physics research and subatomic theory up till the late 2000's. It delves into the subatomic zoo and explains the current theory of particle interaction. The Large Hadron Collider was being built as this book was written so it doesn't cover more modern discoveries like the Higgs boson, but it does discuss the Higgs boson, it's theoretical properties and it's place in the subatomic zoo. I found it very interesting and educational.
Dr. Oerter does a fantastic job covering the history and tremendous success of the Standard Model of Particle Physics. His writing style is at once accessible and informative. I recommend this book to anyone interested in the history of physics and those who wish to better understand just how triumphant physicists have been in their goal to understand Nature.
For the technically-minded layman (and I'm talking to all of us who are not particle physicists), this is one of the best books to guide us in at least getting a clearer glimpse of what all of the existing (and competing) theories of the physical world around us are about. The author makes no attempt to explain every last detail, and is thankfully very conservative in the exotic mathematical equations that are a part of that world - and yet, with a very fluid prose, succeeds in making things a lot clearer to whoever has an interest in the subject and wants to get a grasp of the basic concepts.