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Fields of Color: The theory that escaped Einstein

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"This book describes Quantum Field Theory for a lay audience, without equations. QFT is the only physics theory that makes sense and that dispels or resolves the paradoxes of relativity and quantum mechanics that have confused and mystified so many people." - Amazon
Paperback, 175 pages
Published December 15th 2010 by Rodney A. Brooks
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Jimmy Ele
Nov 05, 2016 Jimmy Ele rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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The simplest book that I have come across explaining Quantum Field Theory. My favorite parts were the appendixes in which the author explains how Quantum Field Theory automatically spews out the equations behind Einstein's big breakthroughs. The idea that all particles are not really particles but actually discrete fields that travel in field form yet can only be absorbed as one unit made so much sense in reconciling the seemingly dual particle wave nature of light and other phenomena. The main ...more
Asher
Jul 16, 2013 Asher rated it it was amazing
This wonderful book opened my eyes to an entirely new theory. The book introduced me to Quantum Field Theory. The name itself is intimidating, but the way the author explained the theory was very clear. The theory is that the universe is made of fields. To make things clearer, the author assigned a color to each field. Thus the title. There are five different fields: gravity, electromagnetic forces, the strong force, the weak force, matter. This theory is different from Quantum Mechanics in many ...more
Fr. Ted
Mar 19, 2014 Fr. Ted rated it it was ok
I appreciated the fact that Brooks avoided proving everything mathematically as the fact of the matter is the math is beyond my understanding anyway. But, and this is not the author's fault, despite what I think is my curiosity about physics, I often find the books somehow beyond my interest. I did not find myself thinking "but who cares? this is really only of interest to a few physicists". However, I also was not swept away by what Quantum Field Theory might represent - not being well versed i ...more
Ross Johnson
Dec 02, 2016 Ross Johnson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Well referenced wild ride

There are eye opening eureka moments in this book if you stick with it. I am not sure one comes away with the conclusion that the sources of reality have been finally described to the non-physicist. Rodney's passion is infectious if not all-pervasive and persuasive. My clearest thought is that gravity is not a dimple in space-time, but a field. That was worth the read.

Three weeks later, I am still thinking about this book. Consciousness is exceedingly hard to define but
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Larry
Sep 14, 2016 Larry rated it really liked it
Not for everybody, but if you have some knowledge of physics, its history, its theories, and its notable characters, you should find it interesting.

For the past century, we have heard about 'a grand unification theory' of the universe to explain interactions between the smallest pieces of matter or the largest celestial bodies. This book presents an explanation I (as a layman with a university level physics & chemistry background) found to be quite plausible. I am still struggling with the n
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Lisa
Jun 13, 2016 Lisa rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Not sure this is really for a lay reader but it was at a good level for a scientist who doesn't study physics. So now I want to read a more text book explanation of QFT however that is more due to the holes in the explanation here.
First, I think having field collapse in chapter 2 (especially not really explained) made me fight against buying the following explanations. Second, not explaining where the charges and spins of the fields come from seemed like a big hole. What do these mean how do th
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Zach
May 31, 2014 Zach rated it really liked it
Great starter book for someone interested in learning more about: the fundamental physical forces, an intro into quantum and field theory, and the amazing history behind these developments. NO FORMAL MATH NEEDED! :-)

I am apprehensive to hastily take the author's view that QFT is the cure-all for physics as we know it, but intuitively it all follows all well and good.

Interestingly, even since first learning physics as an undergraduate, I have wondered if the consequences and paradoxes that perm
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Hendrick Mcdonald
Aug 23, 2015 Hendrick Mcdonald rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A Very a Good Intro to Quantum Field Theory

Easily laid out in small bit sized chunks, the book presents a very accessible introduction to quantum field theory. The author describes the fields role with history and backstory for each of the four forces (gravity, electromagnetic, strong, weak) and the very helpful is the chapter on matter as its own fields. The appendixes on relativity though I felt were lacking.
Gene Solloway
Jun 10, 2016 Gene Solloway rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
History of physics interestingly told

I appreciate the author's clarity. Quantum field theory benefits in showing another view was fairly represented. Am I satisfied? Not yet. But I'm enjoying the quest! I recommend you read this if you ever pondered schrodinger's cat.
Sandra Mann
Jan 14, 2016 Sandra Mann rated it really liked it
The latest book in my quest to understand the workings of nature-Brooks presents quantum field theory for the layman and does a good job of it.
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Former director of the Artificial Intelligence Lab at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and co-founder of iRobot.
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