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فيزياء الجسيمات: مقدمة قصيرة جداً

(Very Short Introductions)

3.94  ·  Rating details ·  868 ratings  ·  94 reviews
في هذه المقدمة الآسِرَة عن الجسيمات الأساسية التي يتألَّف منها الكون، يصحبنا فرانك كلوس في رحلة إلى داخل الذرة لاستكشاف الجسيمات المعروفة على غرار الكواركات والإلكترونات والنيوترينوات الشبحية. وخلال هذه الرحلة يقدِّم لنا رؤى مذهلة بشأن كيفية تحقيق الاكتشافات في مجال فيزياء الجسيمات. كذلك يناقش كيف تغيَّرت نظرتنا للعالم تغيرًا جذريًّا في ضوء هذه التطورات. ويختم كلوس كتابه ب ...more
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Published 2014 by مؤسسة هنداوي للتعليم والثقافة (first published 2004)
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Ahmad Sharabiani
Particle Physics: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions #109), Frank Close

In Particle Physics: A Very Short Introduction, best-selling author Frank Close provides a compelling and lively introduction to the fundamental particles that make up the universe. The book begins with a guide to what matter is made up of and how it evolved, and goes on to describe the fascinating and cutting-edge techniques used to study it. The author discusses particles such as quarks, electrons, and the
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James Hartley
Good, but not as good as his other VSI book, Nothing, but a great read nevertheless. Youd be amazed how empty things are on the atomic and subatomic levels - far emptier than space, relatively speaking. This book is filled with plenty of great nuggety details like this - Close explaining the size of an atom: "...look at the dot at the end of this sentence. Its ink contains some 100 billion atoms of carbon. To see one of these with the naked eye, you would need to magnify the dot to 100m across". ...more
Donya
Knowing that much about atom and each part of it, it's like a journey to another world we never know about!. Physics is the real magic that's what I believe in.
Aaron
Apr 27, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
There is some special sense of futility tied to the task of presenting physics without math. It's like parents trying to explain their impending divorce to their eight-year-old daughter. Bereft of any sort of background knowledge that would allow her to actually understand that reasons for what is happening, the parents must rely upon absolute pronouncements and the deployment of similes even more tortured than this one. But much like that child, I am lacking in background experience. I never le ...more
Bojan Tunguz
Apr 22, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of the most intriguing and fascinating scientific stories of the 20th century has been the incredible advance in our understanding of matter in its most fundamental form. In a nutshell, the 20th century has seen the vindication of the atomic hypothesis: all of the nature, the matter and even the interactions of matter, can be reduced to a finite number of indivisible particles. It turns out that atoms, the original candidates for irreducible particles as their name suggests, are in fact comp ...more
Adam
Jun 25, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I don't really understand why people think this is a good book. It's alright. There is a section on how particles are probed that is horrifically boring and there are almost no details you would ever want to force your brain to suffer storing. Often the text just reads like a list rather than focusing on underlying principles. Other than that it's an alright primer for those who know nothing about the subject, although it lacks any charm. Strange.

Save yourself the effort and just independently d
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Emily Jennings
Jan 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Really was a great introduction to particle physics. Easy read for anyone with a general physics background and honestly a fun read, too!
Alvaro Zinos-Amaro
May 28, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2014
Frank Close packs in a lot of information in this “very short” introduction (notice there’s no promise about difficulty!). That is at once this book’s biggest strength and its potential challenge. The reader who picks it up expecting a breezy, bird’s-eye-view of particle physics is in for a surprise. But if you stick with it, your efforts will be amply rewarded. In ten concise, albeit dense, chapters, Close covers everything from the basic scale of fundamental particles and forces and the three ...more
Portia Costa
Jul 20, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I must admit that this was a hard struggle for me to read. Not that there's anything wrong with the book. The author has a great style and explains difficult concepts extremely well. It's just a little too advanced for me. It did fill me with a great sense of wonder and awe though, at the way the universe is built and the magical world of the infinitesimally tiny. Despite my scientific shortcomings, I was able to grasp some new to me knowledge.
Gustav Tonér
Even though the fundamental building blocks described in this book are hard to relate to in everyday life, trying to figure them out will lead to a better understanding of ourselves and our place in the universe. This matters! (Pun intended)
Austin
Perhaps the subject is too complex for this format, but I found the material impossible to follow.

Particle Physics seems to be, for the most part, a collection of empirically verified facts about different particles and their characteristics, with little in the way of elegant theory to tie it all together (A recurring stanza through the book was something like: "Why is X Fact true? We currently don't know."). As such, it seems like the way the material is organized is of utmost importance for i
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Charisse
Dec 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Outstanding Overview of Particle Physics

I've always loved cosmology but didn't know much about particle physics. I figured I needed a primer and this was it. Now I'm completely fascinated by it.

The author has the ability to explain concepts in a clear, succinct, and organized yet interesting way. It wasn't dry and neither was it simplistic. It still evokes a sense of wonder.

I would say that it's not really a "Very Short" guide for the lay person. It provides a good amount of detail--enough tha
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AleksandarOvnarski
I have to admit that "Nothing: a short introduction" was so mind-blowing-blowing that I felt inspired to go through everything else the author wrote. This introduction is especially useful in getting a sense of scale (much like Tyson's books on astronomy), and it is easy to understand up to about the middle of the book. From that point on, it gets more difficult. Understanding the subatomic world simply does not come naturally to a human mind (maybe because of the Savannah principle), but no mat ...more
Christopher Roberts
I really enjoy Oxford's Very Short Introduction series but this is the weakest one have read. Its serviceable, because it does what it says on the tin, but it is very dry compared to other books in this series I have read. Maybe the subject is a bit "too basic" to make it seem like anything more than a textbook.
Matthew
Aug 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is an excellent summary of what we know, what we don't know, and what we're trying to know when it comes to the relatively modern branch of science known as particle physics. I'll admit some of the concepts went over my unpracticed mind, but overall the author does a fantastic job of explaining this branch of science that many would say is difficult to learn.
Daniel
Jul 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science
The book describes the historical background of particle physics studies, from its conception to the knowledge we had circa 2012. The book gives a brief description of the atom, what are they made up from (electron, proton and neutron). However, the particle hunt does not end there and later pages we are introduced to quarks, bosons, leptons and other particles in the standard model. While it gives a glimpse of the particles what I found interesting was the engineering aspects of the particle hu ...more
Francis M. Van Meter
Fairly good insight into particle physics

I enjoyed this book which develops the view of particle physics however it would be high desirable to have it updated with the current findings from the CERN LHC.
Mrwan Mohey
Jan 10, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's a good book for physics students and people who have a quite good background on particle physics but if you are an ordinary reader you will have problems with understanding the information.
Adarsh Agarwal
Jan 03, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
great for introduction to the topics very easy to understand and had fun reading it
Jayson Virissimo
This was pretty boring (to me), since it doesn't really discuss potential technological applications of the physics.
Brian Bakker
Apr 10, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I learned several things from reading this. I learned a bit about particles, about particle research and accelerations, etc. I also learned that I need visual aids to really understand the level of quarks or baryons; which I did right after reading this, so it made for a fine introduction.
Roger
Jun 16, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This I found to be an excellent introduction to particle physics. The enthusiasm of the author for his subject comes across very strongly and Frank Close, who is a Professor of Physics at Oxford University, is obviously very knowledgeable about particle physics. In what is a short volume (part of the "A Very Short Introduction" series) he covers a lot of ground in a clear manner and without the need for any mathematics. Close was able to explain some concepts to me, a non-physicist, with much be ...more
David Roberts
Jan 17, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The book I read to research this post was Particle Physics A Very Short Introduction by Frank Close which is a very good book which I bought from kindle. This book is part of a series of approximately 300 which get an expert in a field to write roughly 150 pages as an introduction to their subject. They are generally fairly although this book is quite complex in places. It is interesting though especially the stuff on colliders like the one at CERN in Geneva which is 27 km long and underground a ...more
Steve
Sep 25, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If you're looking for a clearer understanding of what the scientists at CERN are up to - or perhaps you just have an urge to know your baryon from your meson - this is the book to buy. I've read quite a few of the Very Short Introductions, on all sort of topics, and author Frank Close is to be commended for making Particle Physics one of the very best. It's concise, inspiring, crammed with facts (rather than opinions) and not so advanced as to curtail the beginner's attempt to gain a foothold. I ...more
BJ Rose
Feb 14, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am not a scientist, and I have only a basic understanding of physics. So altho this is A Very Short Introduction to particle physics, it's still contains strong elements of an unknown foreign language to me.
And I was doing fine until the formulas started coming in chapter 4! The most significant thing I recall after that is that anti-matter destroys matter in a flash of light, and that positrons are destroyed when they collide with electrons. But that's OK - that I didn't get that much out of
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Bogdan Gavriliuc
Sep 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science
The amount I learned (and can probably still learn by re-reading) from this book impressed me.

I had heard of all of the names thrown around: quark, muon, leptopn, boson, gluon, pion, etc.
But only now do I have a better understanding of which is which, and why they were named so.
As with all other physics books, I still wish the math was present.

Only downsides is that at rare times, I couldn't match a particular paragraph with the diagram.

Not that it's really spoilers but:
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Rory Švarc
Jul 31, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: physics
A wonderfully informative introduction to particle physics. Frank Close introduces, at a very general level, some of the basic issues surrounding subject in an incredibly clear way. The clarity is achieved firstly by a very lucid writing style, that should make this accessible for any intelligent layperson interested in the subject, along with diagrams, which are another fantastic aid when reading the text. Depending on what one wants from this text, one may be disappointed that it does not requ ...more
Conrad
Feb 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A great introduction into the basics of particle physics. This edition is definitely in need of an update as it refers to the excitement of the LHC experiments which are to begin in 2007. Nevertheless it is exceptional in its clarity, and detailing the vast range of the particle zoo and the domains of how they interact. Particle physics and quantum cosmology is a fascinating relationship and reading about this throughout the text is a rewarding experience as the reader works through to developme ...more
So Hakim
Jun 10, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: physics
As the title says, a *very* short introduction to particle physics. Not that it's bad: with 129 pages the author did good job to explain basic quirks of particle physics, including all the exotic names. The only drawback is in chapter 5-6.

Right after explaining quarks & neutrino, the author suddenly jumps to how accelerators and detectors work -- the experimental detail -- and after that jump back again to the theoretical side about four fundamental forces. I feel the narrative was hurt by
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Winston O'Toole
Aug 10, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Particle physics is so cool. I've tried a few times before to teach myself some of the subject but never got anywhere. There are just too many particles and it gets confusing and I never knew up from down or strange from charm anymore. This book though. This book fucking gets it. Very clear, very informative. I'll probably pick up a few others from this series, in hopes they will be the same level of quality.

Also: the pocket-size was a nice touch. All books should come pocket-sized, because alwa
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Francis Edwin Close (Arabic: فرانك كلوس)

In addition to his scientific research, he is known for his lectures and writings making science intelligible to a wider audience.

From Oxford he went to Stanford University in California for two years as a Postdoctoral Fellow on the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center. In 1973 he went to the Daresbury Laboratory in Cheshire and then to CERN in Switzerland fro
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