Particles, Fields, Quanta
From Quantum Mechanics to the Standard Model of Particle Physics
Authors: Ecker, Gerhard
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 Illuminates the highly topical interplay of theory and experiment
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This book provides an introduction to the current state of our knowledge about the structure of matter. Gerhard Ecker describes the development of modern physics from the beginning of the quantum age to the standard model of particle physics, the fundamental theory of interactions of the microcosm. The focus lies on the most important discoveries and developments, e.g. of quantum field theory, gauge theories and the future of particle physics. The author also emphasizes the interplay between theory and experiment, which helps us to explore the deepest mysteries of nature.
"Particles, Fields, Quanta" is written for everyone who enjoys physics. It offers high school graduates and students of physics in the first semesters an encouragement to understand physics more deeply. Teachers and others interested in physics will find useful insights into the world of particle physics. For advanced students, the book can serve as a comprehensive preparation for lectures on particle physics and quantum field theory. A brief outline of the mathematical structures, an index of persons with research focuses and a glossary for quick reference of important terms such as gauge theory, spin and symmetry complete the book.
From the foreword by Michael Springer:
“The great successes and the many open questions this book describes illustrate how immensely complicated nature is and nevertheless how much we already understand of it.”
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Gerhard Ecker studied theoretical physics with Walter Thirring at the University of Vienna. His research focus has been on theoretical particle physics, in particular during several longterm visits at CERN, the European Organisation for Nuclear Research in Geneva. In 1986 he was promoted to Professor of Theoretical Physics at the University of Vienna. Since 1977 he has given both basic lectures in theoretical physics and advanced courses on different topics in particle physics, e.g., quantum field theory, symmetry groups in particle physics and renormalisation in quantum field theory.
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Gerhard Ecker studied theoretical physics with Walter Thirring at the University of Vienna. His research focus has been on theoretical particle physics, in particular during several longterm visits at CERN, the European Organisation for Nuclear Research in Geneva. In 1986 he was promoted to Professor of Theoretical Physics at the University of Vienna. Since 1977 he has given both basic lectures in theoretical physics and advanced courses on different topics in particle physics, e.g., quantum field theory, symmetry groups in particle physics and renormalisation in quantum field theory.
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 Table of contents (11 chapters)


Introduction
Pages 16

Physics Around 1900
Pages 715

The Path to Quantum Mechanics
Pages 1731

Why Quantum Field Theory?
Pages 3342

Quantum Electrodynamics: Prototype of a Quantum Field Theory
Pages 4354

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 Bibliographic Information

 Book Title
 Particles, Fields, Quanta
 Book Subtitle
 From Quantum Mechanics to the Standard Model of Particle Physics
 Authors

 Gerhard Ecker
 Series Title
 Undergraduate Lecture Notes in Physics
 Copyright
 2019
 Publisher
 Springer International Publishing
 Copyright Holder
 Springer Nature Switzerland AG
 eBook ISBN
 9783030144791
 DOI
 10.1007/9783030144791
 Softcover ISBN
 9783030144784
 Series ISSN
 21924791
 Edition Number
 1
 Number of Pages
 XIV, 144
 Number of Illustrations
 36 b/w illustrations, 12 illustrations in colour
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