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Author Close, F. E.

Title The infinity puzzle : quantum field theory and the hunt for an orderly universe / Frank Close.

Imprint New York : Basic Books, c2011.


Location Call No. Status
 GDL Central Library Non-Fiction    530.143 CLO    Available
 PAS Central Library Non-Fiction, 3rd Floor    530.143 CLO    Available
Description xii, 435 p. : ill. ; 25 cm.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Summary "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 more at stake-what we're really testing is our capacity to make the universe reasonable. Our best understanding of physics is predicated on something known as quantum 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 kind of physics that the Higgs boson represents seeks to "renormalize" field theory, forcing equations 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 it"--Provided by publisher.
Subject Quantum field theory.
Higgs bosons.
ISBN 9780465021444 (hardback)
0465021441 (hardback)

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