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The Rise and Fall of the Fifth Force - Discovery, Pursuit, and Justification in Modern Physics (Hardcover, 2nd ed. 2016) Loot Price: R2,684
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The Rise and Fall of the Fifth Force - Discovery, Pursuit, and Justification in Modern Physics (Hardcover, 2nd ed. 2016): Allan...

The Rise and Fall of the Fifth Force - Discovery, Pursuit, and Justification in Modern Physics (Hardcover, 2nd ed. 2016)

Allan Franklin, Ephraim Fischbach

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This book provides the reader with a detailed and captivating account of the story where, for the first time, physicists ventured into proposing a new force of nature beyond the four known ones - the electromagnetic, weak and strong forces, and gravitation - based entirely on the reanalysis of existing experimental data. Back in 1986, Ephraim Fischbach, Sam Aronson, Carrick Talmadge and their collaborators proposed a modification of Newton's Law of universal gravitation. Underlying this proposal were three tantalizing pieces of evidence: 1) an energy dependence of the CP (particle-antiparticle and reflection symmetry) parameters, 2) differences between the measurements of G, the universal gravitational constant, in laboratories and in mineshafts, and 3) a reanalysis of the Eoetvos experiment, which had previously been used to show that the gravitational mass of an object and its inertia mass were equal to approximately one part in a billion. The reanalysis revealed that, contrary to Galileo's position, the force of gravity was in fact very slightly different for different substances. The resulting Fifth Force hypothesis included this composition dependence and also added a small distance dependence to the inverse-square gravitational force. Over the next four years numerous experiments were performed to test the hypothesis. By 1990 there was overwhelming evidence that the Fifth Force, as initially proposed, did not exist. This book discusses how the Fifth Force hypothesis came to be proposed and how it went on to become a showcase of discovery, pursuit and justification in modern physics, prior to its demise. In this new and significantly expanded edition, the material from the first edition is complemented by two essays, one containing Fischbach's personal reminiscences of the proposal, and a second on the ongoing history and impact of the Fifth Force hypothesis from 1990 to the present.

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Imprint: Springer International Publishing AG
Country of origin: Switzerland
Release date: March 2016
First published: 2016
Authors: Allan Franklin • Ephraim Fischbach
Dimensions: 235 x 155 x 16mm (L x W x T)
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 249
Edition: 2nd ed. 2016
ISBN-13: 978-3-319-28411-8
Categories: Books > Science & Mathematics > Science: general issues > Philosophy of science
Books > Science & Mathematics > Science: general issues > History of science
Books > Science & Mathematics > Physics > Classical mechanics > General
LSN: 3-319-28411-8
Barcode: 9783319284118

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