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Particles, Fields and Forces

A Conceptual Guide to Quantum Field Theory and the Standard Model

Authors: Schmitz, Wouter

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  • Provides a complete conceptual explanation of Quantum Field Theory and the Standard Model
  • For those who want to deeply understand the theory without delving into the detailed mathematics
  • Delivers many surprising insights
  • Richly illustrated with helpful diagrams
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About this book

How can fundamental particles exist as waves in the vacuum? How can such waves have particle properties such as inertia? What is behind the notion of “virtual” particles? Why and how do particles exert forces on one another? Not least: What are forces anyway? These are some of the central questions that have intriguing answers in Quantum Field Theory and the Standard Model of Particle Physics. Unfortunately, these theories are highly mathematical, so that most people - even many scientists - are not able to fully grasp their meaning. This book unravels these theories in a conceptual manner, using more than 180 figures and extensive explanations and will provide the nonspecialist with great insights that are not to be found in the popular science literature.

About the authors

Wouter J.M. Schmitz, born 1970, studied physics in Amsterdam. He worked at CERN for an assignment at the Spin Muon Collaboration (SMC) and later as a summer student at a LEP experiment. He graduated at Nikhef Amsterdam in 1994. He has subsequently worked in IT and also holds an MBA degree. Today, Wouter works as a leading digital architect, retaining nonetheless a deep and informed interest in conceptual problems in physics.

 

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“I know of know of no other book than the present volume by Wouter Schmitz that presents all these topics in one connected story, using a bare minimum of mathematical notation and certainly no calculus. … The non-specialist who perseveres will be rewarded with a surprisingly complete overview of particle physics … . The author is to be applauded for his ambitious goals in writing this book, and in successfully providing relatively informal accounts of a remarkable amount of material.” (Peter J. Bussey, Contemporary Physics, September 23, 2019)
“This book offers a world of insight into the building blocks of our universe and the forces which govern them. … Overall a very useful introductory book for particle physicists.” (T. C. Mohan, zbMATH 1422.81007, 2019)

Table of contents (18 chapters)

Table of contents (18 chapters)

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eBook $44.99
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Hardcover $84.99
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Particles, Fields and Forces
Book Subtitle
A Conceptual Guide to Quantum Field Theory and the Standard Model
Authors
Series Title
The Frontiers Collection
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-12878-4
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-12878-4
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-12877-7
Softcover ISBN
978-3-030-12880-7
Series ISSN
1612-3018
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XI, 321
Topics