Exploring the Invisible Universe: From Black Holes to Superstrings
by Belal E Baaquie (Author), Frederick H Willeboordse (Author)
"The new book is a tour de force: the authors have assembled a challenging, comprehensive review of modern physics topics ranging from general relatively to superstring theory and most of the things in between. It could very well be used in an advanced undergraduate physics course intended to cover those topics that many smaller physics departments do not have the time or resources to cover in depth."
"If you wish to understand the large scale structure of our solar system, the life of stars, the characteristics of the black hole which sits at the center of our galaxy or the standard model of particle physics, you must read this book. I think this book can really change the way present-day graduate students look at physics."
Bertrand M Roehner
Pierre and Marie Curie University, Paris
"Why"? Why is the world, the Universe the way it is? Is space infinitely large? How small is small? What happens when one continues to divide matter into ever smaller pieces? Indeed, what is matter? Is there anything else besides what can be seen? Pursuing the questions employing the leading notions of physics, one soon finds that the tangible and visible world dissolves — rather unexpectedly — into invisible things and domains that are beyond direct perception. A remarkable feature of our Universe is that most of its constituents turn out to be invisible, and this fact is brought out with great force by this book.
Exploring the Invisible Universe covers the gamut of topics in advanced modern physics and provides extensive and well substantiated answers to these questions and many more. Discussed in a non-technical, yet also non-trivial manner, are topics dominated by invisible things — such as Black Holes and Superstrings as well as Fields, Gravitation, the Standard Model, Cosmology, Relativity, the Origin of Elements, Stars and Planetary Evolution, and more. Just giving the answer, as so many books do, is really not telling anything at all. To truly answer the "why" questions of nature, one needs to follow the chain of reasoning that scientists have used to come to the conclusions they have. This book does not shy away from difficult-to-explain topics by reducing them to one-line answers and power phrases suitable for a popular talk show. The explanations are rigorous and straight to the point. This book is rarely mathematical without being afraid, however, to use elementary mathematics when called for. In order to achieve this, a large number of detailed figures, specially developed for this book and found nowhere else, convey insights that otherwise might either be inaccessible or need lengthy and difficult-to-follow explanations.
Categories: Astronomy Physics
Publisher: World Scientific Publishing Company
ISBN 10: 9814618675
ISBN 13: 9789814618670
File: PDF, 20.96 MB