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Fearful Symmetry: The Search for Beauty in Modern Physics (Princeton Science Library)

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"Fearful Symmetry tells the story of modern physics and contemporary physicists in a most understandable and vivid way. It makes the `fearful' symmetry simple and accessible, and the burning tigers lively and human. An excellent rendition and an outstanding achievement."--T. D. Lee, Nobel Laureate in Physics

"To a layman like myself, totally unversed in modern theoretical physics, Zee's book comes as an illumination. Once having grasped the idea of symmetry as an aesthetic and intellectual principle, I found myself, under his guidance, contemplating aspects of the design of the universe of which I never had the faintest glimmer."--John Rupert Martin, Marquand Professor of Art and Archaeology, Princeton University

"A small gem we can see deeply into with small effort and great pleasure."--Robert Schrieffer, Nobel Laureate in Physics

Synopsis:

Attempting to bring the incredible discoveries of contemporary physics within everyone's grasp, this text tells the story of how theoretical physicists in the late 1990s are following Einstein in their search for the beauty and simplicity of nature.

Synopsis:

Fearful Symmetry brings the incredible discoveries of contemporary physics within everyone's grasp. A. Zee, a distinguished physicist and skillful expositor, tells the exciting story of how today's theoretical physicists are following Einstein in their search for the beauty and simplicity of Nature. Animated by a sense of reverence and whimsy, the book describes the majestic sweep and accomplishments of twentieth-century physics. In the end, we stand in awe before the grand vision of modern physics--one of the greatest chapters in the intellectual history of humankind.

Table of Contents

Preface 1999 xi

Preface xiii

Acknowledgments xv

I SYMMETRY AND DESIGN 1

1. In Search of Beauty 3

2. Symmetry and Simplicity 8

3. The Far Side of the Mirror 22

II EINSTEIN'S LEGACY 49

4. Marriage of Time and Space 51

5. A Happy Thought 76

6. Symmetry Dictates Design 95

III INTO THE LIMELIGHT 101

7. Where the Action Is Not 103

8. The Lady and the Tyger113

9. Learning to Read the Great Book 122

10. Symmetry Triumphs 133

IV TO KNOW HIS THOUGHTS 151

11. The Eightfold Path in the Forest of the Night 153

12. The Revenge of Art 185

13. The Ultimate Design Problem 210

14. Unity of Forces 228

15. The Rise of Hubris 255

16. The Mind of the Creator 275

Afterword 285

Appendix to Chapter 9 297

Appendix to the Afterword 301

Notes 321

Index 345

Product Details

ISBN:
9780691009469
Subtitle:
The Search for Beauty in Modern Physics
Author:
Zee, A.
Author:
Zee, A.
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Location:
Princeton, N.J.
Subject:
Philosophy
Subject:
Physics
Subject:
Mathematical Physics
Subject:
Symmetry
Subject:
Renormalization.
Subject:
History of Science and Medicine, Philosophy of Science
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Princeton Science Library
Series Volume:
FM 44-62
Publication Date:
19991214
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
College/higher education:
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
336
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in 19 oz

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"Synopsis" by , Attempting to bring the incredible discoveries of contemporary physics within everyone's grasp, this text tells the story of how theoretical physicists in the late 1990s are following Einstein in their search for the beauty and simplicity of nature.
"Synopsis" by , Fearful Symmetry brings the incredible discoveries of contemporary physics within everyone's grasp. A. Zee, a distinguished physicist and skillful expositor, tells the exciting story of how today's theoretical physicists are following Einstein in their search for the beauty and simplicity of Nature. Animated by a sense of reverence and whimsy, the book describes the majestic sweep and accomplishments of twentieth-century physics. In the end, we stand in awe before the grand vision of modern physics--one of the greatest chapters in the intellectual history of humankind.
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