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Beyond the Nanoworld: Quarks, Leptons, and Gauge Bosons.

BEYOND THE NANOWORLD: Quarks, Leptons, and Gauge Bosons

HANS GUNTER DOSCH

The physics of subatomic particles was the 20th century's quintessential big science. Discovering the building blocks of matter required smashing particles at ever higher energies, which in turn required accelerators and detectors of increasingly epic scales. Equally heroic efforts went into devising a consistent theory of how those building blocks worked and interacted--what has come to be known as the standard model of particle physics. Dosch, a theoretical physicist at the University of Heidelberg in Germany, describes the field's historical unfolding, taking the reader deep into its concepts, experimental tools, and data diagrams. But Dosch's historical approach is a means to an end, and he keeps his focus on the science rather than on the lives of those who created it or on the political hurdles to securing support for billion-dollar experiments. AK Peters, 2008, 282 p., b&w illus. and photos, hardcover, $39.00.

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