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Nobel laureate Lederman (mathematics and science, Illinois Institute of Technology) and Hill (theoretical physics, Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory) use the notion of symmetry to introduce both Galilean-Newtonian physics and modern thinking about nature and the avant-garde, Einstein's relativity, and the unification of all forces. They write f
Hardcover, 450 pages
Published August 31st 2004 by Prometheus Books
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Brian Clegg
Jun 25, 2013 rated it really liked it
Although it won’t appeal to everyone, as I will explain in a moment, I think it’s fair to say this is one of most valuable popular science books I have ever read. Symmetry is at the heart of much modern physics, but it is generally concealed under the surface, and when it has to emerge, for example when talking about the standard model of particle physics, every book I have ever read on the subject fails to explain the subject properly. This book doesn’t quite make it, but it is by far the ...more
Sajjad thaier
Feb 04, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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لو فكرنا مليا في ما نحاول نحن البشر أن نفعله, سيتبين لنا أننا نحاول بكل ما أوتينا من جهد - ورغم الضباب الذي يكتنفنا - أن نتوصل إلى رؤية كيفية صياغة التناظرات لأفكارنا ومعادلاتنا, وذلك كي تتجسد قناعتنا بأن سحر هذه التناظرات وجمال إيقاعاتها - وحتى عيوباها - سوف تظهر لنا في النهاية - مع الزوال البطيء للضباب - جمال وأناقة الكون الذي نعيش فيه."
قبل قليل أنهيت قراءة الملحق في نهاية الكتاب, وكان بعنوان :(الزمر التناظرية المستمرة ) وفكرت كيف بحق الجحيم وصلت إلى هنا ؟! قبل قليل كنت أقرء عن الموسيقى
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Sara Nasser
مدهش كيف استطاع المؤلفان تلخيص أهم النظريات والاكتشافات الفيزيائية في هذا الكتاب بأسلوب بسيط وممتع. التناظر، الانعكاسات، النسبية، ميكانيكا الكم، الجسيمات الأولية وعلاقة الرياضيات بالفيزياء ونظرية الأوتار وغيرها. بعض تفاصيل التجارب لم أفهمها، لكن الكتاب عموما ليس صعبا على غير المختصين -مثلي-.
Huyen
Oct 31, 2008 rated it it was ok
Oh I'm so annoyed by Lederman that I must trash this book before letting it quietly sneak in my book shelf. Ok, so firstly, I was deceived by the pretty cover (ok, I do judge books by their covers) and secondly, Amazon says Lederman's "the most engaging physicist since the much-missed Feynman." Comparing Lederman with Feynman in terms of wit and idiosyncrasy? Rubbish.
Lederman wrote this book as if he really didn't care about what he was writing (sort of like the person writing this review). My
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Rachael
Jan 02, 2012 rated it really liked it
The authors describe the backbone of physics through a variety of symmetries, translational, rotational, continuous time symmetry, symmetries of constant movement, gauge symmetries... all through the lens of Emmy Noether's theorem that for every continuous symmetry there is a conserved property. Translational symmetry, for example, leads to conservation of momentum, that of time to conservation of energy, gauge transformations to that of charge. The book starts out describing Newtonian mechanics ...more
Fatimah Abdulrazzaq
يا للمتعة !!
mohab samir
Aug 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, علوم
من أجمل الكتب العلمية حيث يربط مواضيع التناظر والثبات فى الكون بشكل رائع وأكثر ما أعجبنى هو أسلوب المؤلف الذى هو أحد العلماء المعروفين فى مجال ال QED .
Ameerah
Jan 25, 2017 rated it liked it
يناقش الكتا أحد أكثر الظواهر العلمية انتشارا في الطبيعة وهي ظاهرة التناظر ،تمتاز مقدمة الكتاب بأسلوب رشيق ومشوق
حيث يعرض ليون وكريستوب أفكارهما في تسلسل واضح يسهل على القارىء البسيط فهم مايريدا قوله
تعود فكرة التناظركمفهوم علمي الى طفولتنا جميعا ، عندما نتأمل قرصي الصدف المتطابقان تماما أو جأوراق الاشجار أوحتنى التناظر الصوتي في نقرات الطبل أو زقزقة العصافير العفوية
كلنا في الحقيقةكما يقول المؤلفان شهود عيان على وجود التناظر في حياتنا
ماهو التناظر
التناظر هو أن تبدو الاقسام المختلفة من جسم كما
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يتناول الكتاب عدة مواضيع اساسية في الفيزياء مثل التناظر و العطالة و النسبية وميكانيكا الكمّ و الكواركات و و يفرد جزءاً كبيراً منه للاحتفاء بالرياضية إيمي نوثر و نظريتها.
الكتاب صعب و هناك اجزاء كثيرة لم افهمها, لا يمكنني ان اعتبره كتاباً جيداً للغير المتخصصين في الفيزياء او للراغبين في كتاب فيزيائي سهل و مبسّط.
Don Wenzel
Jan 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
In my continuing quest to understand the world of theoretical physics, I found this to be an enlightening book. It provided a new perspective that helped me to better understand things I have read in the past.
George Hohbach
Feb 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Great book on symmetry as the universal basic language of nature.
Ancil (geno)
Jul 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
Leon M. Lederman is my favorite technical writer. I love the stuff he writes, though this isn't my favorite book by him, that would be "the God Particle".
صالح السفياني
كتاب جميل حتى تصل إلى فصل ميكانيكا الكم فتدخل في دوامة تعقيد ومعادلة رياضية لا يمكن معها الاستيعاب بدون شروح معمقة وطويلة !
Mikeila
Feb 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!
Many quantum physichs books deal with the most common topics as wave-particle duality, higghs field, forces, etc, and conceptually they do it really well!
However, you wont get the completely closure feeling of the issues because they dont explain symmetry and if they did, it would be lacking. Due to the fact that authors write having in mind the theme they would like to develop and explaining in great detail symmetry and its consequences should defenitely be reserved for
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Ed Terrell
Apr 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2014, mathematics, science
"Three quarks for Muster Mark". Symmetry is an Alice in Wonderland adventure, jumping down rabbit holes from parsecs and arcseconds, to quark jets and gauge bosons with each onion like layer being more complex and fantastic than the one before. Lederman traces the development of quantum theory from its meager beginnings in the early 19th century to the Large Hadron Collider operating today in CERN. Engagingly written and in plain enough language to make ones inner physicist jump between ...more
Ben
Dec 03, 2016 rated it really liked it
Worthwhile pop-level intro on the importance of symmetries in physics. My favorite sections were the initial chapters that outlined Noether's theorem, space-time symmetries, "Gedankenlab", as well as the (lightweight) mathematical appendix explaining symmetry groups. The remainder of the content (encompassing relativity, gauge theories, Feynman diagrams, and quantum mechanics) was also interesting, even if chapters felt mostly disconnected from each other.

Much of the content was presented only
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Stijn De graaf
A mixed bag really. While there were parts that were genuinely fascinating, particularly regarding particle physics and the unification of the forces, a lot of the time the link between what was being discussed and the concept of symmetry seemed a little far-fetched. On a positive note, the book required little prior knowledge to understand although I did find that the difficulty level varying quite dramatically in places; the authors would go from a very, very basic look at momentum straight ...more
Eppursimuov3
Feb 09, 2012 rated it liked it
What do the laws of nature have in common with music and art? They all obey the mathematical principle of symmetry, according to Nobel Laureate Leon Lederman and theoretical physicist Christopher Hill. Symmetry is a principle underlying much of fundamental physics, and Symmetry and the Beautiful Universe explores this concept in various modern day theories in physics, while attempting to convey a sense of its beauty. It also contains a short biography of a very interesting but relatively unknown ...more
Jason Tenenbaum
Apr 29, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Excellent book on the current state of the art of particle physics. Very easy to comprehend. There aren't a lot of mathematical formulas (actually, I thought there could have been a bit more rigorous math outside of the Notes). I really like how the authors stressed the importance of Emmy Noether's contributions to modern quantum theory. She's not a name that enough recognize, but she does belong in the pantheon of Einstein and Newton.
Rick
Feb 16, 2014 rated it it was ok
All I got from this was what I went in with: symmetry is a powerful intellectual model for understanding the relationship between apparently-different phenomenon, such as electricity (on the one hand) and nuclear binding (on the other.) I read it twice because I really wanted to get it. That helped with my understanding of how inertia can be understood, but really, I had that already. Do I sound disappointed? Yeah.
Ala'a
Sep 07, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science
ربط المؤلفان ما بين التناظر الرياضي وما نعرفه عن العالم الفيزيائي، بدءًا من أرسطو وفيثاغورس حتى غاليلو ونيوتن وأينشتاين وصولًا إلى التناظر في العالم الكمومي وما تطمح نظرية الأوتار الفائقة أن تحققه؛ مما منحني فهمًا أفضل وتصورًا أوضح للقوانين الفيزيائية الكلاسيكية والحديثة.
أنصح بقراءته للمهتمين خاصةً بأن معظم الكتاب إنشاء أدبي مما يجعله سهل القراءة.
Ray
Oct 11, 2016 rated it liked it
Interesting book for technical readers. The last few chapters are somewhat mathematically oriented and may be harder for high school or freshmen students. If they do then they are highly eligible to enter the field of particle physics and work in the LHC at CERN.
Bryan Higgs
Apr 07, 2011 rated it really liked it
The focus of this book is more on physics than on the mathematics of symmetry.
The author is an eminent Nobel Prize winning physicist who really knows what he's talking about, and it's a very good read. Lederman's humor and ego both come through.

Highly recommended!
Damir Antunovic
Apr 20, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: physics
A very readable book about quantum physics, told through the concept of symmetry. If this was how my high school physics was taught I may be doing something completely different for a living now...
Nirmal
Aug 06, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Good book to read for a general understanding of how symmetries play a role in physical phenomena. Well written.
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Leon M. Lederman (Ph.D., Columbia University) was Director of The Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, a position he held for ten years. He was the Frank L. Sulzberger Professor of Physics at the University of Chicago. He received the National Medal of Science in 1965 and shared the Wolf Prize in physics in 1982. Dr. Lederman shared the 1988 Nobel Prize in physics for the discovery of the muon ...more