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ISBN-13: 978-1584887980 ISBN-10: 1584887982 Edition: Revised

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  • Paperback: 232 pages
  • Publisher: CRC Press; Revised edition (December 15, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1584887982
  • ISBN-13: 978-1584887980
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.5 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #392,990 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Dragan Sahpaski on July 5, 2009
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This is a great introductory book for the world of particle physics and more.
I'm a computer science student at the CERN Sumer School 2009 and I find this book very helpful following the lectures. Mr. Close is a great lecturer and an inspiring person. He did 4 lectures named "Particle Physics for non physics students".
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Frank Close describes the evolution of the understanding of elementary particle physics within a historical context. He lays out, step by step, the interactions between theorists and experimentalists as various ideas for the structure and interaction of elementary particles are put forward and tested. He does this with a minimum of higher mathematics, with matrix multiplication constituting the most sophisticated mathematical concept used in this book. At no point does the reader even need an understanding of calculus. Nevertheless, I believe that the author's treatment would still be more satisfying to readers who, at the very least, enjoyed their math and science courses in high school and college. For those who have received good grades in freshman and sophomore-level college physics and math courses intended for science and engineering majors, this book should certainly be understandable. For even science and engineering Ph.D.s who work outside of the area of particle physics, however, this book is still challenging and requires a deal of patience to make one's way through numerous difficult concepts.

One aspect of this book that I found particularly engaging was that of the author's description of the experiments used in exploring the structure of fundamental particles. The section, that explains how the configuration of "jets" of particles (resulting from high-energy particle collisions) are used to extract the properties of quarks, is uniquely helpful and different from what I have found in other books. See especially Fig.7.5, p.100, for a very useful diagram illustrating the interpretation of such "jets."
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The book was much like attending a class. The only thing missing was a chance to ask questions. It got me a lot further along in understanding particle physics.
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