The Problems of Physics by Anthony LeggettThe Problems of Physics by Anthony Leggett

The Problems of Physics

byAnthony Leggett

Paperback | November 5, 2006

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Is the universe infinite, or does it have an edge beyond which there is, quite literally, nothing? Do we live in the only possible universe? Why does it have one time and three space dimensions - or does it? What is it made of? What does it mean when we hear that a new particle has beendiscovered? Will quantum mechanics eventually break down and give way to a totally new description of the world, one whose features we cannot even begin to imagine?This book aims to give the non-specialist reader a general overview of what physicists think they do and do not know in some representative frontier areas of contemporary physics. After sketching out the historical background, A. J. Leggett goes on to discuss the current situation and some of theopen problems of cosmology, high-energy physics, and condensed-matter physics. Unlike most other accounts, this book focuses not so much on recent achievements as on the fundamental problems at the heart of the subject, and emphasizes the provisional nature of our present understanding ofthings.

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A.J. Leggett Macarthur Professor and Professor of Physics University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Anthony J.Leggett was born in London, England in March 1938.He attended Balliol College, Oxford where he majored in Literae Humaniores (classical languages and literature, philosophy and Greco-Roman history), and thereafter Merton...

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Title:The Problems of PhysicsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:208 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.47 inPublished:November 5, 2006Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199211248

ISBN - 13:9780199211241

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Table of Contents

1. Setting the stage2. What are things made of?3. The universe: its structure and evolution4. Physics on a human scale5. Skeletons in the cupboard6. Outlook

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`The account of quantum mechanics is excellent. The description of the "Higgs mechanism" is one of the clearest I have come across.'Nature