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Fundamental Forces of Nature: The Story of Gauge Fields

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ISBN-13: 978-9812706447
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The book delivers what it implicitly promises: an instructive and thoughtful tour of 20th century physics, with special emphasis on the theory of the fundamental constituents of matter and forces among them. -- Physics Today

This volume is an excellent survey on gauge fields, which presents the relevant facts, people and events of the subjacent theory. --Zentralblatt MATH
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 284 pages
  • Publisher: World Scientific Pub Co Inc (May 17, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9812706445
  • ISBN-13: 978-9812706447
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,211,101 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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35 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Edwin E. Klingman on August 8, 2008
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This book is an excellent review of gauge fields. The scope is from Maxwell to renormalization groups, with an epilogue that diagrammatically sums up the last few chapters. The book is a popularization, not a text book. It is comparable to Zee's "Fearful Symmetry". If you don't know what gauge fields, QED and QCD are about, this is probably not the place to start. But if you'd like a very readable overview, with equations, but without problems, I recommend this one highly.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Gadget Hound on July 28, 2010
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I agree completely with the previous review, but I feel that I should add a cautionary note for the prospective purchaser. I would say that the book leans away from the typical popular-level and towards a more advanced semi-popular level, that it contains a serious, if condensed, review of the basics, and gives an advanced survey of a rather complex subject.

Yes, the author explains the equations, but much would be lost that unfortunately can't be treated in this manner. It is not a "light read." Thus, I feel that I should give this caution for those who do not have at least an undergraduate level understanding of the pertinent mathematics and physics. This is not to frighten away the motivated reader, but just to give fair warning that at least a basic understanding of the equations is necessary to gain full value of the book.

Otherwise, I give this book my highest recommendation for those interested in one of the best explanations of gauge fields and the history and individuals involved in their development that I have seen.
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16 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Alexander T. Gafford on May 22, 2011
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I am just not sure who this book is actually for. As I hope you can tell from the other reviews, without an undergraduate degree in physics or mathematics, there won't be a lot that makes sense here. After all, fiber bundles are introduced on page 39, following the sudden arrival of tensors on page 34, with nary a word of explanation as to what they actually are. But is this book really technical enough to be useful to practicing physicists and mathematicians? Is it saying anything really new to practicioners?

In this case the INSIDE feature in Amazon is misleading as the first few chapters have nothing more than partial differential equations and based on that,a reader with a undergraduate engineering degree could well belive the text would be accessible enough. As I did, obviously though in error. Consequently, I cannot actually comment on the technical content of the greater part of the book.

All this is not to say that the book does not have good things in it. It does, and the discussions of different people and their contributions are interesting if not particularly profound.

But it is hard for me to decide to whom I would recommend this book or give it as present.
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