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4.3 out of 5 stars
Particle Physics (Manchester Physics Series)
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VINE VOICEon 1 April 2017
* Physical

This softback book has around 422 pages of high quality paper and has many diagrams, tables and illustrations, with the set of colour plates of various pieces of instrumentation equipment.

* Target audience, H.N.D, undergraduate, graduate, post graduate?

Its aimed at undergraduate, graduate target audience. The undergraduate path is recommended (inside cover, 'Suggested Short Course') to follow Chapters 1-3, and 4 - 5, sections 6.1, 6.2, 6.3, 7.1, 7.2, 10.1 and 10.2 and chapters 8 and 9. Its recommended to avoid all the chapters bearing a star. The graduate path is to read the above and all the other chapters.

* What's the best bits then?

'Particle physics is the study of constituents of matter and forces between these' (Author Preface). The basic constituents of matter by using quarks, leptons and hadrons, and all to explain all the phenomena of particle physics in terms of properties of a small number of particles of three distinct types, leptons, quarks and gauge bosons. And how they build the foundation of the standard model. These quarks have names Down, Up, Strange, Charmed, Bottom and Top (see table 3.1, page 53, Tables 3.2, and 3.3, page 54). The way these elemental constituents of matter have interactions of the type strong, weak and electromagnetic and gravity is reused again and again and is so useful. And how these quarks using combinations of these to create other types of nuclear matter baryons is another eye opener. The later chapter 4, 'Experimental Methods', slices through the technology required to examine these particles and how these combination of matter work with each other, such as accelerators; both linear, cyclic,and colliders.

This learning continues by the reusing of Feynman diagrams throughout this book and such weight diagrams (e.g page 154, fig 6.1, '6.2.1 the Light Mesons' and pages 156-157, '6.2.2 the Light Baryons' , figure 6.2) is so critical to see how they work in each others comprehension is almost beautiful. The combinations and flavours of these is informative. These are reapplied so often that it's a great acceleration to grasp how these operate to make progression throughout this well written volume.These techniques are reused so often that it's safe to say it's the preferred way to explain as you progress throughout this book.

If you're making progress, as it says in the book some experiences with quantum mechanics and relativity is helpful, but it's believable to have no experience with particle physics. This i did not believe when i first started reading it, but its agreeable with this now.The mathematical parts are toned down and uses the diagrams e.g weight diagrams, to cover complicated issues.

* Summary

This book can be expensive, but it depends where you sourced this from, and is a bit out - of -date (Higgs Boson not discovered), but it's written with a clarity of writing that's still worthy to learn the basics of matter from as a source. Its not complete as it was, but it's worth a look
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on 26 November 2014
Unlike a few of the other Manchester Physics Series books, I didn't find this one to be that good. Particle Physics is by its nature strongly mathematical and this book avoids that completely, going for a more phenomenological description.
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on 26 September 2013
I sent this to a close friend as a present. He is a physics freak and I was not sure if I was making the correct choice but he absolutely loved it and it was a valuable addition to the Feynman and Cox which he already has.
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