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Ema Jones rated it really liked it Apr 20, He also touches on many of the unresolved mysteries of physics: Jonathan Reed rated it it was amazing Jan 08, The content is more complicated than in most similar books, but this is a virtue for its intended audience, as it allows for greater depth. Understanding The Universe was straight to the point, and well explained. In particular, the author makes an explicit effort of showing you all the difficult facts, but relying on simple explanations there are lots of great analogies.
Sep 27, Huyen rated it it was amazing Shelves: Don Lincoln covers a wide range of topics, all the fascinating things from neutrino oscillation, CPT violation, Higgs mechanism to all the little things associated with each discovery and scientist. Although not entirely convincing to me, his justification for investment in nuclear physics is interesting: Often when I read this book, Lincoln made me think to myself: I do hope that will become the basis of our society some day, when everyone, like Lincoln puts it, "finds science a passion, indulge it, always study, always learn, always question.
To do otherwise is to die a little inside". While the LHC is dying a little inside, we'll wait for the scientists to hit and hope for the best.
May God help us find the invisible dinosaur in the zoo Sep 24, Jose Brox rated it it was amazing Shelves: This book is simply awesome. My usual complain about science popularization books is that authors tend to try to amaze you by telling either a that science is some kind of nerdy magic or b how incomprehensible for mere mortals are the most important facts -which is even worse.
Instead, Don Lincoln shows you the real thing: Reunions, discussions, mistakes, corrections, predictions, long-term timing, rushes for publication, well-meaning envies, collaborations, succesful and failed funding searches, cool solutions to hard design problems, design failures As for the facts itself, I also found it an excelling book.
In particular, the author makes an explicit effort of showing you all the difficult facts, but relying on simple explanations there are lots of great analogies. The first chapters, on the history of particle physics and of course, chemistry and nuclear physics since the end of the XIX century, are truly wonderful and put to shame many other books I have read on the same subject: In addition, the last chapter, about the motivation of the scientific enterprise, is also really strong, on Sagan's level.
The only minor objection I have is with the interspersed jokes: I found them a surprisingly unwitty for such a smart a person, being "guys jokes" mostly about beer, or self-deprecating and b microsexist at times, unconsciously supporting particular roles for women as wifes and such. I hope there is a new edition soon! Apr 14, Michael Boustead rated it it was amazing. I could both this book, understand much of it and enjoy it. Nov 18, Ishan added it. This book is not that hard to understand, and it also has humor to make learning easier.
However, it takes time to read, and you have to reread the book at some places. Understanding The Universe was straight to the point, and well explained. It described the history of physics almost fully, and in my opinion the history was not that important.
From Quarks to the Cosmos Understanding the Universe leaves the reader with a deep appreciation of the fascinating particle realm and just how much it. Buy Understanding The Universe - From Quarks to the Cosmos (Revised Edition) on domaine-solitude.com ✓ FREE SHIPPING on qualified orders.
The history of physics could have been shorter, and then it thought me all about tiny particles inside atoms, radiation and relativity special relativit This book is not that hard to understand, and it also has humor to make learning easier. The history of physics could have been shorter, and then it thought me all about tiny particles inside atoms, radiation and relativity special relativity and general relativity.
The book also talked about quantum physics; mainly quantum mechanical spin, and as the book said the book was not about quantum physics. First, I read through the appendix part of the book, so that I could understand the book better. After reading Understanding The Universe I did understand the universe; I also learned more about the space, particles and quantum physics. I do not recommend this book to people who know little about physics. Jul 23, WarpDrive rated it really liked it Shelves: A quite enjoyable, easy-to-read introductory overview of particle physics it took me just a couple of days to go through it.
The author manages to explain some potentially intricate concept and experimental results in a very clear and concise manner. Definitely recommended to individuals with no prior or minimal knowledge of this field of inquiry.
But, for the right audience, this is definitely a great book, and the enthusiasm of the author is very refreshing and contagious. Definitely a solid 4-star. Jan 27, Lorin Kleinman rated it it was amazing. When I became curious about sub-atomic articles, I looked for a book that explained the topic for lay people, and found this.
I found it at Reiter's bookstore in DC, which everyone should visit. There's a short list of scientists who can write clearly for non-scientists, and Don Lincoln is definitely on it. It's an extremely clear and well-written and sometimes funny lay person's introduction to particle physics, which--if you've never thought about particles--is deeply fascinating, and expl When I became curious about sub-atomic articles, I looked for a book that explained the topic for lay people, and found this. It's an extremely clear and well-written and sometimes funny lay person's introduction to particle physics, which--if you've never thought about particles--is deeply fascinating, and explains a great deal about how the world works.
Dec 30, Austin Wright-pettibone rated it really liked it.
Great survey of particle physics from a noted experimentalist. The chapter on accelerators was really top notch. In addition to the story of quarks and leptons, which are regarded as well-accepted fact, the author who is a leading researcher at the world's highest energy particle physics laboratory also discusses mysteries on both the experimental and theoretical frontier, before tying it all together with the exciting field of cosmology and indeed the birth of the universe itself.
The text spans the tiny world of the quark to the depths of the universe with exceptional clarity. The casual student of science will appreciate the careful distinction between what is known quarks, leptons and antimatter , what is suspected Higgs bosons, neutrino oscillations and the reason why the universe has so little antimatter and what is merely dreamed supersymmetry, superstrings and extra dimensions.
Included is an unprecedented chapter explaining the accelerators and detectors of modern particle physics experiments. The chapter discussing the hunt for the Higgs boson, currently consuming the efforts of nearly physicists, lends drama that only big-stakes science can give. Understanding the Universe leaves the reader with a deep appreciation of the fascinating particle realm and just how much it determines the rich beauty of our universe.
Forces What Holds it All Together. Hunting for the Higgs.
Accelerators and Detectors Tools of the Trade. Exotic Physics The Next Frontier. Essential Relativity and Quantum Mechanics. Recreating the Universe Times a Second.