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The kind of physics that the Higgs boson represents seeks to “renormalize” field theory forcing euations to provide answers that match what we see in the real world The Infinity Puzzle is the story of a wild idea on the road to acceptance Only Close can tell There s almost not a wasted word in this book If you blink while listening you might lose track of the physics The author is very good at writing a history of uantum science from ED to looking for the Higgs bosonHe uses the narrative of the scientific players to describe the physics There is nothing of the physics or the math for which he does not explain before he talks about it The problem is the author explains the physics at the moment of introduction than assumes that you will understand it and won t explain it to you againA large audience of people won t like this book If you don t follow the physics as he introduces it the narrative of the history will not be enough to entertain you He only introduces the physics once and assumes you get it He covers so much of modern physics he really doesn t have time to repeat his clear explanations than onceWhat I liked about this book he really filled in the details for what has happened since uantum mechanics was fully developed and the Large Hadron Collider has gone online I had read many books on each and had mostly just walked away with that particles were very small Now I have a very good feel for what s going on and why the Higgs boson is so importantHis last chapter was a marvelous summary of the book I only wish he had summarized of the physics after he explained difficult concepts freuentlyI don t want to mislead This book is a very difficult read Some one with no real background in physics can follow it but it reuires ones full concentration He covers the topics so well I ll probably never have to read another history of that period of physics again for a long time

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The Infinity Puzzle uantum Field Theory and the Hunt for an Orderly Universe

Ble Our best understanding of physics is predicated on something known as uantum field theory Unfortunately in its raw form it doesn’t make sense its outputs are physically impossible infinite percentages when they should be something simpler like the number 1 The book is written by a good scientist who wrote some other very clear work and about some fascinating hardcore particle physics I fully expect it to be a 4 if not 5 star book Unfortunately this is deeply disappointing No doubt it s not a simple subject and it s not easy for laymen to understand Try this The uestion was this If symmetry is spontaneously broken in the presence of a massless vector gauge boson such as a photon which gives rise to a long range force does the Goldstone Boson become absorbed into the massless gauge boson thereby providing the longitudinal oscillation the analog of Anderson s plasma oscillation reuired to covert the massless gauge boson into a massive vector particle You can see you need to be able to retain a lot of concepts to be able to understand what is happening That s not the actual problem Since it took so many brilliant scientist so long to figure these things out I m happy to spend a long time to absorb some gist of it The actual problem is that the book does not attempt to clearly explain these concepts For instance the infinity puzzle in the title is about a uantity with physical meaning being predicted by theory as an infinite uantity I would have welcomed the euation to see for myself There is no such thing Fine maybe it ll be too much to have euations But a significant portion of book is devoted to things that are too narrow for anybody to care And I m not talking about gossips of Nobel prize I m talking stories of timing of the paper somebody wrote when the review was received and so on I get it they matter for the few scientists in order to sort out chronology But s let s face it in the grand scheme of things these are really unnecessary In fact I don t even want to 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understand what allergy-amp-candida-cooking-made-easy is happening That s not the actual problem Since the-cat-and-the-bird-a-children-s-book-inspired-by-paul-klee it The actual problem el-danubio-en-bicicleta-de-donauechingen-a-viena-bici-map is that the book does not attempt to clearly explain these concepts For john-derian-picture-book instance the higiene-medio-hospitalario-y-limp-2015 infinity puzzle 2019-the-lure-of-fishing-16-month-wall-calendar-by-sellers-publishing-12-x-12-ca-0395 in the title visiones-spanish-edition is about a uantity with physical meaning being predicted by theory as an hab-spa-szlig-neu-5re-ann-eacute-e infinite uantity I would have welcomed the euation to see for myself There i-ll-keep-you-safe-the-1-bestseller is no such thing Fine maybe Atlas Of Men it ll be too much to have euations But a significant portion of book arch-oboler-plays-the-family-nagachi-and-this-living-book-2-shows-audio-cd-oldtime-radio-shows is devoted to things that are too narrow for anybody to care And I m not talking about gossips of Nobel prize I m talking stories of timing of the paper somebody wrote when the review was received and so on I get many-lives-many-masters-the-true-story-of-a-prominent-psychiatrist-his-young-patient-and-the-past-life-therapy-that-changed-both-their-lives it they matter for the few scientists coleccion-cesar-vallejo-veinte-poemas-spanish-edition in order to sort out chronology But s let s face sale-temps-pour-les-concierges-les-enqu-ecirc-tes-de-blum-t-2 it maus-ii-a-survivor-s-tale-and-here-my-troubles-began in the grand scheme of things these are really unnecessary In fact I don t even want to know the circuitous routes of mis conjecture and the history of corrections I wanted to know the current understanding explained the-holy-habit-my-love-affair-and-break-up-with-the-convent in than analogies hashimoto-s-thyroiditis-lifestyle-interventions-for-finding-and-treating-the-root-cause in Feynman diagrams and simplified euations 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Frank Close è 7 REVIEW

Speculation is rife that by 2012 the elusive Higgs boson will be found at the Large Hadron Collider If found the Higgs boson would help explain why everything has mass But there’s at stake what we’re really testing is our capacity to make the universe reasona I must say that this book left me a bit disappointed and uite underwhelmed it is well written very detailed when describing the historical evolution of modern particle physics rich with anecdotal detail and also conceptually precise and lucid but it simply does not contain enough actual physicsOn the positive side some subjects of great interest are addressed by the author in a succinct informative and clear way accessible even to the novice including items like gauge field theories re normalization and spontaneous symmetry breaking that are normally not addressed in the large majority of popular science books however I must point out that way too much space in the book has been dedicated to specific eventsconferences to the reasons why a Nobel prize was given to one scientist as opposed to another etc while effort should have been devoted to delivering a meaningful and detailed description of the underlying physicsFrom this perspective I must say that while it was a pleasant read this book gave me very little information that I had not already previously received in a detailed and structured way in uite a few other books Overall a pretty forgettable 3 star graded reading experience


10 thoughts on “The Infinity Puzzle uantum Field Theory and the Hunt for an Orderly Universe

  1. says:

    I must say that this book left me a bit disappointed and uite underwhelmed it is well written very detailed when describing the historical evolution of modern particle physics rich with anecdotal detail and also conceptually precise and lucid but it simply does not contain enough actual physicsOn the positive

  2. says:

    Close provided a history of uantum physics from ED and Feynman's diagrams to the hunt for the Higgs I never get tired of Feynman's antics and it's clear Frank Close doesn't either Like so many other researchers with new and bold ideas Feynman's new ideas associated with ED were not taken seriously The debates were always very heated so much so that one time Feynman gave up mid lecture even though he was right He came back the next time wi

  3. says:

    This is a really important popular science book if you are interested in physics because it covers some of the

  4. says:

    I have to admit this is not much of a review For one I read last year and for two I made very few notesI feel this was of a tour of uantum physics But what infinity had to do with unless I missed it never showed up Disclaimer it cou

  5. says:

    This is a detailed history of the discoveries of uantum Electrodynamics ED uantum Chromodynamics CD and their unification into the Standard Model by spontaneous symmetry breaking and the Higgs mechanism It's one of those people driven histories of science which can get boring if not petty at times But overall it tells an exciting story of this impressive achievementThe central theme of the book is renormalization in Gau

  6. says:

    The book is written by a good scientist who wrote some other very clear work and about some fascinating hardcore particle physics I fully expec

  7. says:

    There's almost not a wasted word in this book If you blink while listening you might lose track of the physics The author is very good at writing a history of uantum science from ED to looking for the Higgs bosonHe uses the narrative of the scientific players to describe the physics There is nothing of the physics or the math for which he does not explain before he talks about it The problem is the author ex

  8. says:

    This book talks about the history of physics since the WWII It has a particular discussion on two prominent figures in physics the Dutch physicist Gerard 't Hooft and the Pakistani physicist Abdus Salam For general people probably this is the best book on Higgs Boson from the evolution of Higgs mechanism until its final discovery in

  9. says:

    I have always been fascinated by the whole business of the unification of the world of the electron and the photon with the so called weak force that mediates radioactive decay As someone with an undergraduate physics degree and a PhD and subseuent career in MRI physics I have a bit of an advantage over an “average laype

  10. says:

    If you are fascinated at all with recent and by recent I mean the latter half of the 20th century development in physics and the major players involved then this book is for you I am of the personal belief that even though science at its best is about the world what makes science human is the people behind it And they like you or

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