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The Infinity Puzzle - by Frank Close (Paperback)

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Number of Pages: 450

Genre: Science

Format: Paperback

Publisher: Basic Books

Age Range: Teen

Book theme: Quantum Theory

Author: Frank Close

Language: English

Street Date: June 25, 2013
TCIN: 77263397
UPC: 9780465063826
Item Number (DPCI): 247-53-1830

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Ars Technica
"The Infinity Puzzle is eminently readable. It has no equations--only a few Feynman diagrams--and a glossary in the back so you don't get your bosons confused with your hadrons.... All of the luminaries of twentieth century particle physics are here, along with many unsung heroes whose contributions Dr. Close explains and puts into context so they can be better appreciated by a public hitherto ignorant of their work.... [T]he entire book is a very manageable introduction to quantum physics for those who are interested in, but possibly intimidated by, understanding the inner workings of the fabric of our Universe."

Science News
"Building the standard model, the flagship theory of modern particle physics, was no mean task. It took decades of painstaking work to bring the forces and elementary particles that make up the universe together in a single framework (which still doesn't include gravity). Close, a theoretical physicist, chronicles this history from an insider's perspective.... the story doesn't unfold as a simple, clearly developing line of thought. Instead, the reader witnesses scientific progress in all its real-world messiness. It's a comedy of errors at times, full of dead ends, missed opportunities and ideas that lie dormant for years, unproven or unnoticed."

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