Gravity, Strings and Particles

A Journey Into the Unknown

Authors: Gasperini, Maurizio

  • Presents ideas on some of the most fascinating topics in modern theoretical physics for the layman
  • Unconventional, in that the discussion goes beyond what is known to focus particularly on what is still unknown
  • Fascinating and suggestive speculations on the nature and role of time
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About this book

New fundamental forces of Nature? New forms of "dark'' energy? Signals from epochs preceding the Big Bang? Is our space-time unique? Only a joint study of the three topics examined in this book – gravity, strings and particles – may provide answers to these questions. Such a study may also provide the key to solving one of the most fascinating mysteries of modern science, namely: Besides time and the three spatial dimensions, how many other dimensions exist in our universe?

The book is primarily addressed to readers who do not necessarily have a specific background in physics but are nevertheless interested in discovering the originality and the possible implications of some of the amazing ideas in modern theoretical physics. The emphasis is on conveying ideas rather than explaining formulas, focusing not on what is known but -- mainly -- on what is still unknown. Many parts of the book are devoted to fundamental theoretical models and results which are potentially highly relevant for a deeper understanding of Nature, but are still waiting to be  confirmed (or disproved) by experiments. From this point of view, the material of this book may also be of interest to professional physicists, whether or not they work in the field of fundamental interactions.


About the authors

Maurizio Gasperini is Professor of Theoretical Physics at the Physics Department of the University of Bari, Italy. He is the author of more than 200 publications on gravitational theory, high-energy physics, and cosmology, and has twice won an "Award for Essays on Gravitation" from the Gravity Research Foundation (1996 and 1998). His former posts include a permanent position in the Department of Theoretical Physics at the University of Turin, and three appointments as Scientific Associate at CERN, Theory Division (1993, 1996 and 2005). He has already published 6 books with Springer.

Reviews

“Gasperini has written the book version of an excellent colloquium talk outlining important questions in modern theoretical physics. … This book may be particularly useful to mathematicians working in subfields adjacent to theoretical physics, such as mirror symmetry. … if you’re preparing your own colloquium talk about the implications of string theory, Gasperini may provide some inspiration!” (Ursula Whitcher, MAA Reviews, maa.org, November, 2015)

“True to its subtitle, this book really is ‘a journey into the unknown.’ … The book is also filled with marvelous insights related to the physics of small distances and high energies. It is suitable for casual readers … as well as physics students and scientists. … Summing Up: Highly recommended. Academic and general readers.” (S. Tripathi, Choice, Vol. 52 (5), January, 2015)

“The book is addressed to readers who are interested what is going on in modern research on this field without being specialists. … This book gives an excellent overview on the present state of art and goals of research on the title problem. It can be best recommended to anyone being interested.” (K.-E. Hellwig, zbMATH 1315.81003, 2015)


Table of contents (7 chapters)

  • Prologue: Inside the Energy Walls of Our “Cradle”

    Gasperini, Maurizio

    Pages 1-4

  • Gravity at Small Distances

    Gasperini, Maurizio

    Pages 5-29

  • Gravity at Large Distances

    Gasperini, Maurizio

    Pages 31-48

  • Space, Time, and Space–Time

    Gasperini, Maurizio

    Pages 49-60

  • Strings and Fundamental Interactions

    Gasperini, Maurizio

    Pages 61-93

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Gravity, Strings and Particles
Book Subtitle
A Journey Into the Unknown
Authors
Copyright
2014
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer International Publishing Switzerland
Distribution Rights
Distribution rights for India: Researchco Book Centre, New Delhi, India
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-00599-7
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-00599-7
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-00598-0
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XII, 125
Number of Illustrations and Tables
23 b/w illustrations
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