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The Rise of the Standard Model: A History of Particle Physics from 1964 to 1979 Paperback – 13 Nov 1997

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  • Paperback: 748 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press (13 Nov. 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0521578167
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521578165
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 3.8 x 22.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,919,486 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'… a beautifully produced collection of essays by most of the leading scientists involved - including no fewer than eight Nobel laureates - and several eminent historians … both practitioners and knowledgeable bystanders can draw inspiration from these reflections on what may turn out to have been the golden age of particle physics.' Graham Farmelo, New Scientist

'The volume is informative and useful to historians of physics.' Helge Kragh, Centaurus

'… this book is … worthwhile , timely and valuable.' R. Barlow, European Journal of Physics

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Based on a conference held at Stanford University, this is the third volume of a series recounting the history of particle physics and offers the most up-to-date account of the rise of the Standard Model, which explains the microstructure of the world in terms of quarks and leptons and their interactions.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Andreas Petermann on 16 Dec. 2004
Format: Paperback
This is the theme of the book, for elementary partcles. Nothing is more delicate than trying to do it. Because this kind of history is written by those who, at the end, have been victorious. But often the path towards what we think is true, has been long and tortuous, so that the full story is seldomly exactly reported. The speakers at this meeting were first class physicists, but, amongst the names which are quoted in your own summary, I would have appreciated to see David Gross, who gave, in my opinion, the best account of the rise of the standard model.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
essays from key authors of Standard Model 2 May 2008
By W Boudville - Published on
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While the essays perhaps strive to reach a wide audience, the reality is that the typical reader will likely be a physicist or student of science history. If this fits your background, then the book is indeed an informative account of how the so-called Standard Model arose.

Much of the book's value is that several authors were key participants in the development of the Standard Model. Foremost might be Murray Gell-Mann. But let's not forget Weinberg and Lederman. Future historians can see here in the words of these men how pivotal ideas arose and gelled into an overarching and still dominant framework unifying much of physics.

We also see how the expensive particle accelerators proved their worth. (At least to physicists!) In providing experimental evidence of particles predicted or explained by the Standard Model.
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