The speed of light, the fine structure constant, and Newton's constant of gravity — these are just three among the many physical constants that define our picture of the world. Where do they come from? Are they constant in time and across space? In this book, physicist and author Harald Fritzsch invites the reader to explore the mystery of the fundamental constants of physics in the company of Isaac Newton, Albert Einstein, and a modern-day physicist. The conversation that the three scientists are imagined to have provides an entertaining introduction to the constants and covers topics ranging from atomic, nuclear, and particle physics to astrophysics and cosmology.Contents: The Constants of NatureElementary Interactions Elementary Interactions and Quantum TheoryAtomic Nuclei and ParticlesBig AcceleratorsColorful Quarks and GluonsThe Standard ModelThe Standard Model and the Natural ConstantsThe Grand UnificationIn the Garden of San MarinoOn the Road to El Captain BeachIn EsalenAt the Stanford Linear Accelerator CenterA Strange Big Bang Readership: General, students and researchers in physics.
Author : Professor Harald Fritzsch Release : 2009-03-02 Publisher : World Scientific ISBN : 9814338362 File Size : 87.47 MB Format : PDF, ePub, Mobi Download : 443 Read : 964