A fascinating journey into the bizarre, subatomic world of particle physics.(PhysOrg.com)
Quantum field theory, group theory, Lie algebras, internal symmetry spaces and gauge theory. [Schumm] does a remarkably good job of explaining all this, with a style that is mercifully plain.(Peter de Groot New Scientist)
Explores the world of particle physics in terms laymen can understand.(Santa Cruz Sentinel)
I expect that any physics undergraduate, bewildered by textbooks and lectures, would find this a delight.(Stephen Battersby New Scientist)
One of several recently published books attempting to provide for interested nonphysicists a relatively nonmathematical account of what has come to be called the standard model of particle physics... Schumm's treatment is perhaps more detailed.(Choice)
Bruce Schumm's new book on elementary particle physics, Deep Down Things, is an ambitious and very successful non-mathematical description of the nature and significance of the world of elementary particles and forces. The book is for the non-mathematician, the non-scientist interested in elementary particle physics, and the young student who has not yet begun to study physics. The subjects discussed range from the wave-particle duality and basic quantum mechanical ideas, through description of the four fundamental forces, to the inner theoretical world of particle physics—symmetries and gauge theory. The book ends with an exciting discussion of what we don't know including the recently discovered mystery of neutrino oscillations.(Martin Perl, the 1995 Nobel Laureate in Physics)
The Standard Model is one of the greatest intellectual achievements of the twentieth century. Everything around us is made of particles called quarks and leptons influencing one another by exchanging bosons. Readers who want more than a surface treatment of this modern paradigm of particle physics should turn to Bruce Schumm's fine book on the topic.(Michael Riordan, author, The Hunting of the Quark)
This is definitely a book for your Christmas list, and if it doesn't excite your mathematics colleagues too, they'll miss a treat.(Rick Marshall School Science Review)
This book is beautifully written and is a didactic masterpiece.(David Watts Science and Christian Belief)
Bruce A. Schumm is a professor of physics at the University of California at Santa Cruz.
I was hooked after the first page and read it through in a few days.
So to conclude, I highly recommend this book to anyone who is interested in understanding particle physics or just generally has high level of intellectual curiosity.
Schumm does an outstanding job of making the complex ideas surrounding the standard model of particle physics accessible to the average lay reader.
Everybody interested in difficult science (w/o heavy math) looks for their sweet spot in a book. Personally, this hit mine...after years of searching. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Robert Reilly
This book takes effort to read, and requires patience for those unfamiliar with the math concepts developed, especially Lie group theory and its linkage to the physics of gauge... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Ron Welch
I first read this book shortly after it was published, and enjoyed it immensely despite needing to grapple with what were some challenging concepts for me at the time. Read morePublished 6 months ago by John
Complicated and complex. I may understand it one day but I am just not there yet. The author has wrote a great book about a veey confusing subject and I will reread it once U... Read morePublished 8 months ago by oxygenelmo
A joy to read. Finally, an author who respects the rights of a reader who is not a Math or Physics Major.Published 11 months ago by Amazonhappy
This text does well at explaining how the laws of sub-atomic physics are governed by various laws of conservation, which, in turn, are reflected in particular symmetries. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Lawrence Russell
Schumm spent four years working on his examples and metaphors to try and make Quantum Mechanics understandable to a lay audience. I haven't seen anything better.Published 16 months ago by William J. Brown
If you are not a physicist and you do want a deep understanding of the standard model of quantum mechanics, read this book. Read morePublished 16 months ago by uslex
Physicists writing popular non-math books about advanced topics are so common that they all tend to be alike, telling personal stories and the same history. Read morePublished 17 months ago by K. Arbuckle