Fearful Symmetry: The Search for Beauty in Modern Physics

Fearful Symmetry: The Search for Beauty in Modern Physics

Paperback Princeton Science Library (Paperback)

By (author) Anthony Zee, Foreword by Roger Penrose

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  • Publisher: Princeton University Press
  • Format: Paperback | 376 pages
  • Dimensions: 152mm x 231mm x 25mm | 522g
  • Publication date: 19 August 2007
  • Publication City/Country: New Jersey
  • ISBN 10: 0691134820
  • ISBN 13: 9780691134826
  • Edition: Revised
  • Edition statement: Revised edition
  • Sales rank: 239,497

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Fearful Symmetry brings the incredible discoveries of contemporary physics within everyone's grasp. A. Zee, a distinguished physicist and skillful expositor, tells the exciting story of how today's theoretical physicists are following Einstein in their search for the beauty and simplicity of Nature. Animated by a sense of reverence and whimsy, the book describes the majestic sweep and accomplishments of twentieth-century physics. In the end, we stand in awe before the grand vision of modern physics--one of the greatest chapters in the intellectual history of humankind.

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A. Zee is professor of physics and a permanent member of the Institute for Theoretical Physics at the University of California, Santa Barbara. His books include "Quantum Field Theory in a Nutshell".

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"Zee's exposition of the intuitive use by modern theoretical physicists of the concept of symmetry ... in order to fathom nature's laws is superb scientific reading."--Publishers Weekly "[Zee] demonstrates effortless competence over a wide area of theoretical physics. He also displays great enthusiasm and excitement for his subject, which many readers will find infectious."--James W. McAllister, ISIS

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""Fearful Symmetry" tells the story of modern physics and contemporary physicists in a most understandable and vivid way. It makes the 'fearful' symmetry simple and accessible, and the burning tigers lively and human. An excellent rendition and an outstanding achievement."--T. D. Lee, Nobel Prize-winning physicist "To a layman like myself, totally unversed in modern theoretical physics, Zee's book comes as an illumination. Once having grasped the idea of symmetry as an aesthetic and intellectual principle, I found myself, under his guidance, contemplating aspects of the design of the universe of which I never had the faintest glimmer."--John Rupert Martin, Marquand Professor of Art and Archaeology, Princeton University "A small gem we can see deeply into with small effort and great pleasure."--Robert Schrieffer, Nobel Prize-winning physicist