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# The Theory of Almost Everything: The Standard Model, the Unsung Triumph of Modern Physics

There are two scientific theories that, taken together, explain the entire universe. The first, which describes the force of gravity, is widely known: Einstein’s General Theory of Relativity. But the theory that explains everything else—the Standard Model of Elementary Particles—is virtually unknown among the general public.

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**The Theory of Almost Everything**, Robert Oerter...morePaperback, 336 pages

Published
September 26th 2006
by Plume
(first published 2005)

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Unlike many semi-popular works on scie...more

Mixed feelings on this book. I picked it up for obvious reasons---who

*wouldn't*want a casual introduction to the standard model?

Author Robert Oerter tries to write this book in an accessible way, but as you might expect, managing the line between accessibility and rigor in a book on particle physics is tricky, and some parts of the book are better than others.

Early on, when building up some early historical context, Oerter shows you Schrödinger's wave equation ("Just to show you what...more

Sep 22, 2007
Dr M
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Physicists, those with an interest in science

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The Theory of Almost Everything is the story of the Standard Model of elementary particle physics. The title is a pun on the expression "Theory of Everything", the theoretical physicist's wet dream of a unified theory of all the fundamental constituents and interactions of matter, and Oerter seeks to explain how the elementary particle physics of the 20th century has almost achieved this, except "only" for questions concerning gravity. Oerter does this very well indeed. In fact, I must say that...more

A very easy to read book that takes things from the very beginning and explaining how physicists ended up with what we have now. More over, enough details are given on each step,...more

Viene descritta come la teoria che da le migliori previsioni verificabili sperimentalmente e il lavoro fatto al CERN di Ginevra, culminato l'anno scorso con la probabile produzione del bosone di Higgs è una ulteriore conferma di questo fatto.

Per tutti coloro che ne vogliono sapere di più sulla fisica delle particelle.

Ad ogni modo, se siete digiuni dell'argomento, vi risulterà abbastanza ostico; le nozioni di...more

Dec 28, 2007
Al
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Yeah, I'm having trouble getting into this one...

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