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on 29 December 2015
This book provides a very basic introduction to elementary particles, covering quarks, leptons, bosons, baryons and mesons. It discusses how particles can decay and gives examples of particle interactions with some basic Feynman diagrams and describes the operation of particle accelerators. It then moves on to more speculative subjects, with a brief discussion of inflation, grand unification, dark matter and dark energy.
Although 200 pages, the double line spacing and odd style of one sentence per paragraph mean it is actually a fairly short read and can easily be read in one sitting. My main criticism of the book would be a lack of detail. For example, although it mentions the difference in spin between fermions and bosons, it doesn't attempt to describe what spin is nor its consequences. Similarly, there is no description of color charge, which I would have expected. The discussion of the gluon is limited to one page of text!
The book appears to be self-published. The print is a decent enough quality, but there a few typos and formatting errors. There are a few dubious claims too, such that time is quantized.
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on 27 December 2011
This book is brilliant! I have a very basic understanding of physics and I wanted to improve opon it! So i got this! It is awesome. It explains everything in particle physics from the anicient greeks to today! It is simplified but not overly! You have to have atleast some understanding of physics to understand this book. Would recomend it to anyone wanting to delve into the wonderful world of particle physics :)
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on 5 December 2015
Absolutely brilliant!.....starts with the very basics and build on that. Highly recommended for anyone with the faintest of interest in Universe....it is beautifully explained such that even a Year 10 student can understand it. I have personally recommended this book to many!! Well done David Chapple :)
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on 2 January 2016
Sorry but, with all due respect, look elsewhere. It seems just a lecture draft promoted to print.
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on 25 May 2013
David Chapple does an excellent job of explaining the basics of particle physics. A very readable book. The build up to more complicated msterial is at the right pace and works well. Highly recommended.
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on 30 April 2015
good
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