For fans of Brian Greene and Stephen Hawking, a guide to the most important theory in modern physics, in a tour de force of science writing
There are two scientific theories that, taken together, explain the entire universe. The first, which describes the force of gravity, is widely known: Einstein's 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. BACKCOVER: “This highly accessible volume explains the Standard Model to the everyman, using literary references and easy-to-follow analogies to make clear mind-bending physics principles.”
“Accessible and engaging…This book is for anyone interested in modern physics and ultimate answers about the universe.”
Oerter (physics, George Mason Univ.) has written an accessible guide to the standard model, a theory of all known physical interactions, excluding gravity. Theories that support and influence this model, such as special relativity, quantum mechanics, and quantum electrodynamics, are discussed in detail; readers will be able to follow the author's transitions between theories and building of complex ideas. Descriptions of recent experiments and concepts that may influence the standard model complete the book. An index, a short bibliography of annotated sources for further reading, numerous illustrations and figures, and multiple appendixes that expound on textual matter are also included. Other titles that provide background to Oerter's work are Tian Yu Cao's Conceptual Developments of 20th Century Field Theories and W. Noel Cottingham and Derek A. Greenwood's An Introduction to the Standard Model of Particle Physics. On its own, however, Oerter's text is accessible to scientists and lay readers alike. Recommended for large public and academic libraries.-Elizabeth Brown, Binghamton Univ. Libs., NY Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.