The Great Design : Particles, Fields and Creation
This introductory volume emphasises our understanding of the fundamental forces - gravitation, electromagnetism - and the fundamental particles on which they act and which go to build atoms and molecules. There are chapters on concepts; invariance and conservation laws; covariance scalars, vectors, tensors; the electromagnetic field; cosmology; and much more.
- Hardback | 380 pages
- 165.1 x 246.38 x 38.1mm | 816.46g
- 01 Dec 1987
- Oxford University Press Inc
- New York, United States
Table of contents
Concepts of physics; Invariance and conservation laws; Covariance, scalars, vectors and tensors; The discrete in nature - the atoms of Demokritos; The continuum in nature - Faraday's fields; The nature of space and time - the special theory of relativity; The equivalence principle and the general theory of relativity; The electro-magnetic field - the first unified field theory; The problem of change - the second law of thermodynamics; Quantum mechanics - determinism to probablility; The atom - a quantum laboratory; Fundamental particles and forces - an introduction; Symmetries and conservation laws - CPT; The strong interactions; The weak interactions; Cosmology - the world's beginning and end; Gauge invariance; - the unification of fields; To the ultimate theory - through a glass darkly.
About Robert K. Adair
About the Author Robert K. Adair is Associate Director for High Energy and Nuclear Physics at the Brookhaven National Laboratory and Eugene Higgins Professor of Physics at Yale University. He is the author of Concepts in Physics and (with Earle C. Fowler) Strange Particles.