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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant exposition of difficult ideas
Symmetry and field theories in particle physics are pretty difficult to explain (or understand), so Dave Goldberg has achieved a tour de force in at least giving the reader the impression that he now knows more about them than he did when he started the book.
One very minor quibble - he twice refers to the physicist Paul Dirac as "FRench". He wasn't; he was...
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3.0 out of 5 stars A slightly disappointing book where flippancy is not justified by the content.
I really wanted to like this book, and understand how symmetries give rise to the forces of nature mediated by bosons.

I read it through, and was not much more comprehending at the end of the book than at the beginning. Was it the style that put me off, or had I not read it carefully enough? Had the author not realised that what is obvious to him isn't...
Published 17 months ago by Dr. R. J. Simmonds


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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A slightly disappointing book where flippancy is not justified by the content., 9 Aug. 2013
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I really wanted to like this book, and understand how symmetries give rise to the forces of nature mediated by bosons.

I read it through, and was not much more comprehending at the end of the book than at the beginning. Was it the style that put me off, or had I not read it carefully enough? Had the author not realised that what is obvious to him isn't obvious to a reader? Or am I just too stupid to understand these deep mysteries?

But I have read and understood books that explain quantum entanglement very well (Nick Herbert) and books that derive E=MC2 very clearly (see Brian Cox's), but when I read Goldberg's, admittedly shorter explanations, of these phenomena I had, I'm afraid, and in the author's words, no 'tada' moment.

So a book worth reading for explaining the background, but readers wanting comprehension of all this may need to go elsewhere.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant exposition of difficult ideas, 29 Sept. 2013
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Symmetry and field theories in particle physics are pretty difficult to explain (or understand), so Dave Goldberg has achieved a tour de force in at least giving the reader the impression that he now knows more about them than he did when he started the book.
One very minor quibble - he twice refers to the physicist Paul Dirac as "FRench". He wasn't; he was born in Bristol, England to Swiss emigre parents.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A must for physics geeks like me., 28 Oct. 2014
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Heavy going, and a bit glib in places, but love some of the explanations. At last I understand the space-time invariant!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars, 9 Nov. 2014
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Not as I expected
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 29 Sept. 2014
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Pleased.
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