Shattered Symmetry: Group Theory From the Eightfold Way to the Periodic Table by Pieter ThyssenShattered Symmetry: Group Theory From the Eightfold Way to the Periodic Table by Pieter Thyssen

Shattered Symmetry: Group Theory From the Eightfold Way to the Periodic Table

byPieter Thyssen, Arnout Ceulemans

Hardcover | January 31, 2017

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The standard model of subatomic particles and the periodic table of the atoms have the common goal to bring order in the bewildering chaos of the constituents of matter. Their success relies on the presence of fundamental symmetries in their core. The purpose of the book is to share theadmiration for the power and the beauty of these symmetries. The reader is taken on a journey from the basic geometric symmetry group of a circle to the sublime dynamic symmetries that govern the motions of the particles. The trail follows the lines of parentage linking groups upstream to theunitary symmetry of the eightfold way of quarks, and to the four-dimensional symmetry of the hydrogen atom. Along the way the theory of symmetry groups is gradually introduced with special emphasis on graphical representations. The final challenge is to open up the structure of Mendeleev's tablewhich goes beyond the symmetry of the hydrogen atom. Breaking this symmetry to accommodate the multi-electron atoms requires to leave the common ground of linear algebras and explore the potential of non-linearity.
Pieter Thyssen is a Postdoctoral Researcher in the Department of Chemistry at the Catholic University of Leuven. He completed his PhD at Leuven in 2013 under the supervision of Arnout Ceulemans. Arnout Ceulemans is Full Professor of Theoretical Chemistry at the University of Leuven in the Faculty of Science. His research is devoted to ...
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Title:Shattered Symmetry: Group Theory From the Eightfold Way to the Periodic TableFormat:HardcoverDimensions:536 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.98 inPublished:January 31, 2017Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0190611391

ISBN - 13:9780190611392

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