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Facts and Mysteries in Elementary Particle Physics
This book provides a comprehensive overview of modern particle physics accessible to anyone with a true passion for wanting to know how the universe works. We are introduced to the known particles of the world we live in. An elegant explanation of quantum mechanics and relativity paves the way for an understanding of the laws that govern particle physics. These laws are pu ...more
Hardcover, 350 pages
Published April 25th 2003 by World Scientific Publishing Company
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Jul 29, 2013 Synthetic Vox rated it 5 of 5 stars · review of another edition
A delightful book. Veltman explains particle physics to the lay reader in an accessible way. He also manages some side commentary about how and why physicists do things they way they do, and the nature of science that truly, truly delights. I strongly recommend it to anyone interested in a witty primer to particle physics. He assumes you have minimal knowledge of the topic, so as long as you remember even basic cell structure from chemistry you will be fine. He also includes a number of biograph ...more
This is one of the best comprehensive overviews of particle physics and the Standard Model that I've read to date. The author generally steers clear of the math that tends to discourage the common lay reader and does not focus on a lot of the history and backstory. Rather he "cuts to the chase" and systematically describes the concepts and mechanics behind quantum theory.