Twentieth-century Physics

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The revolution in twentieth century physics has changed the way we think about space, time and matter and our own place in the universe. It has offered answers to many of the big questions of existence, such as the ultimate nature of things and the how the universe came into being. It has undermined our belief in a Newtonian mechanistic universe and a deterministic future, posing questions about parallel universes, time-travel and the origin and end of everything. At the same time we have witnessed amazing attempts at unification so that physicists are able to contemplate the discovery of a single 'theory of everything' from which we could derive the masses and types of all particles and their interactions. This book tells the story of these discoveries and the people who made them, largely through the work of Nobel Prize winning physicists.

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By telling the story of recent discoveries and the people who made them, Adams (physics, Shrewsbury School, UK) offers an introduction to the main theoretical strands of 20th-century physics, for advanced high school students and their teachers, undergraduates, and other general readers. As the focus is on theory, technology is only discussed in so far as is necessary. Relevant mathematical information is provided, usually in boxes or appendices, but the overall story can be understood without it. The work of many Nobel-prize winners is detailed, and numerous quotations are included. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

Publisher: London ; New York : Taylor & Francis, 2000
ISBN: 9780748408405
Characteristics: x, 507 p., [4] p. of plates : ill. (some col.) ; 24 cm
Alternative Title: Twentieth century physics


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