From the recent discovery of the "top quark" to the search for the
Higgs particle, the frontiers of particle physics beckon the
imagination. Exploring in detail the full history of particle
physics, Yuval Ne'eman and Yoram Kirsh explain in an engaging,
nonmathematical style the principles of modern theories such as
quantum mechanics and Einstein's relativity, and they brilliantly
succeed in conveying to the reader the excitement that accompanied
the original discoveries. The book is spiced with amusing stories
on how great discoveries were made, and Ne'eman, who took an active
role in some of the historical advances in particle physics, gives
his personal point of view. New to this edition are sections on the
discovery of the top quark; the rise and fall of the supercollider
project; the detection of the Zo particle in e+e- colliders; and
the use of the width of the Zo to determine the number of
"generations" of quarks and leptons. The Particle Hunters will
interest anyone who wants to keep pace with the progress of human
knowledge. Yuval Ne'eman discovered the basic symmetry of the
subatomic particles of matter, leading him to their classification,
to the prediction of new particles, and to his identification (in
1962) of a new layer in the structure of matter ("quarks"). Yoram
Kirsh was awarded the Aharon Katzir Prize for popular science
writing in 1975.
Cambridge University Press (Virtual Publishing)
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• Yoram Kirsh
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||2nd Revised edition
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