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Nature's Blueprint: Supersymmetry and the Search for a Unified Theory of Matter and Force

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The first accessible book on a theory of physics that explains the relationship between the particles and forces that make up our universe.

For decades, physicists have been fascinated with the possibility that two seemingly independent aspects of our world—matter and force—may in fact be intimately connected and inseparable facets of nature. This idea, known as supersymmet
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Hardcover, 240 pages
Published September 16th 2008 by Smithsonian (first published September 1st 2008)
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Gendou
The argument for beauty rears its ugly face in the first chapter.
Hooper admits that "beauty" is not an objective measure, but fails to clearly admit this obviates the argument for beauty of a scientific theory.
Theories aren't better because they are elegant or beautiful.
A theory is better if it can be disproved by experiment, has fewer free parameters, and has favorable economy explanation.
Arguing for Supersymmetry based on it's beauty is an excuse NOT to mention the dirty secrets it carries wit
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C. Allen Thompson
“Beauty can be a difficult thing to understand, and an even more difficult thing to define. Although we all have some idea of what it means for something to be beautiful, it is very hard to put our fingers on the appeal of a beautiful sound, image, or idea.” This is just a snippet of a long and beautiful passage that acts as a forerunner to a book written by a man whose passion for physics and love for science transcends that of most science authors.

Dan Hooper captures so beautifully not only th
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Rachael
Feb 19, 2013 rated it really liked it
If you are interested in learning some basic facts about supersymmetry (for every boson there is a fermion, and vice versa), why they invented it and what explanatory power it could have, this is a decent overview. I found it particularly interesting given the LHC hasn't given any hints of SUSY at the moment, and instead of seeing it confirmed we may see the death of the idea. So what's at stake? Hooper gives fairly clear explanations and while not getting too deep does give enough information f ...more
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Feb 26, 2009 marked it as to-read
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