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Particles, Fields and Forces

  • Kartonierter Einband
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How can fundamental particles exist as waves in the vacuum? How can such waves have particle properties such as inertia? What is behind the notion of virtual particles? Why and how do particles exert forces on one another? Not least: What are forces anyway? These are some of the central questions that have intriguing answers in Quantum Field Theory and the Standard Model of Particle Physics. Unfortunately, these theories are highly mathematical, so that most people - even many scientists - are not able to fully grasp their meaning. This book unravels these theories in a conceptual manner, using more than 180 figures and extensive explanations and will provide the nonspecialist with great insights that are not to be found in the popular science literature.

Provides a complete conceptual explanation of Quantum Field Theory and the Standard Model

For those who want to deeply understand the theory without delving into the detailed mathematics

Delivers many surprising insights

Richly illustrated with helpful diagrams


Wouter J.M. Schmitz, born 1970, studied physics in Amsterdam. He worked at CERN for an assignment at the Spin Muon Collaboration (SMC) and later as a summer student at a LEP experiment. He graduated at Nikhef Amsterdam in 1994. He has subsequently worked in IT and also holds an MBA degree. Today, Wouter works as a leading digital architect, retaining nonetheless a deep and informed interest in conceptual problems in physics.

"I know of know of no other book than the present volume by Wouter Schmitz that presents all these topics in one connected story, using a bare minimum of mathematical notation and certainly no calculus. ... The non-specialist who perseveres will be rewarded with a surprisingly complete overview of particle physics ... . The author is to be applauded for his ambitious goals in writing this book, and in successfully providing relatively informal accounts of a remarkable amount of material." (Peter J. Bussey, Contemporary Physics, September 23, 2019)
"This book offers a world of insight into the building blocks of our universe and the forces which govern them. ... Overall a very useful introductory book for particle physicists." (T. C. Mohan, zbMATH 1422.81007, 2019)


Introduction.- Particles or waves?.- Fields.- What is a particle if it is a wave?.- A matter of energy exchange.- A wave of relativity.- Quantization of fields.- Energy in waves and fields.- Symmetry and the origin of force.- Propagators and virtual particles.- Renormalisation of fearful infinities.- Spin makes up bosons and fermions.- Conservation of charge and particle number.- Particle zoo.- Electroweak force in the early universe.- The breaking of the world will never be the same.- The strong force: Quantum Chromo Dynamics.- Gravity as a field.- Further reading.- References and sources.


Titel: Particles, Fields and Forces
Untertitel: A Conceptual Guide to Quantum Field Theory and the Standard Model
EAN: 9783030128807
ISBN: 978-3-030-12880-7
Format: Kartonierter Einband
Hersteller: Springer
Herausgeber: Springer, Berlin
Genre: Physik & Astronomie
Anzahl Seiten: 321
Gewicht: 611g
Größe: H235mm x B17mm x T155mm
Jahr: 2020
Auflage: 1st ed. 2019
Land: NL