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Infinity Puzzle: Quantum Field Theory and the Hunt for an Orderly Universe

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The second half of the twentieth century witnessed a scientific gold rush as physicists raced to chart the inner workings of the atom. The stakes were high: the questions were big, and there were Nobel Prizes and everlasting glory to be won. Many mysteries of the atom came unraveled, but one remained intractable—what Frank Close calls the "Infinity Puzzle."

The problem was simple to describe. Although clearly very powerful, quantum field theory—the great achievement of the 1930s—was making one utterly ridiculous prediction: that certain events had an infinite probability of occurring.

 

The solution is known as renormalization, which enables theory to match what we see in the real world. It has been a powerful approach, conquering three of the four fundamental forces of nature, and giving rise to the concept of the Higgs boson, the now much-sought particle that may be what gives structure to the universe. The Infinity Puzzle charts the birth and life of the idea, and the scientists, both household names and unsung heroes, who realized it.

Based on numerous firsthand interviews and extensive research, The Infinity Puzzle captures an era of great mystery and greater discovery. Even if the Higgs boson is never found, renormalization—the pursuit of an orderly universe—has led to one of the richest and most productive intellectual periods in human history. With a physicist's expertise and a historian's care, Close describes the personalities and the competition, the dead ends and the sudden insights, in a story that will reverberate through the ages.

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Frank Close brings listeners to the second half of the twentieth century for a compelling look at the development of renormalization and, ultimately, the concept of the Higgs boson, the now much-sought particle that may be what gives structure to the universe.

About the Author

Jonathan Cowley is a British actor hailing from Eastbourne, East Sussex, but he currently calls Los Angeles home. He received AudioFile Earphones Awards for his narration of The Science of Evil by Simon Baron-Cohen and The Tower, the Zoo and the Tortoise by Julia Stuart. He has narrated many audiobooks and can also be heard on both sides of the Atlantic narrating film trailers and documentaries.

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ISBN:
9781452607085
Author:
Close, Frank
Publisher:
Tantor Media Inc
Author:
Cowley, Jonathan
Location:
Old Saybrook
Subject:
General science
Subject:
Physics-Quantum Mechanics
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Unabridged,Unabridged CD
Publication Date:
20120331
Binding:
COMPACT DISC
Language:
English
Dimensions:
5.3 x 6.4 x 1.6 in 0.7 lb

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