The Lightness of Being : Mass, Ether, and the Unification of Forces

The Lightness of Being : Mass, Ether, and the Unification of Forces

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  • 製本 Hardcover:ハードカバー版/ページ数 270 p.
  • 言語 ENG
  • 商品コード 9780465003211
  • DDC分類 531

Table of Contents

About the Title                                    ix
Reader's Guide xi
PART I The Origin of Mass
1 Getting to It 3
2 Newton's Zeroth Law 11
3 Einstein's Second Law 18
4 What Matters for Matter 22
5 The Hydra Within 26
6 The Bits Within the Its 32
7 Symmetry Incarnate 58
8 The Grid (Persistence of Ether) 73
9 Computing Matter 112
10 The Origin of Mass 128
11 Music of the Grid: A Poem in Two Equations 133
12 Profound Simplicity 135
PART II The Feebleness of Gravity
13 Is Gravity Feeble? Yes, in Practice 145
14 Is Feeble? No, in Theory 148
15 The Right Question 151
16 A Beautiful Answer 152
PART III Is Beauty Truth?
17 Unification: The Siren's Song 163
18 Unification: Through a Glass, Darkly 177
19 Truthification 182
20 Unification SUSY 185
21 Anticipating a New Golden Age 192
Epilogue: A Smooth Pebble, a Pretty Shell 199
Acknowledgments 205
Appendix A: Particles Have Mass, the World Has 207
Energy
Appendix B: The Multilayered, Multicolored 211
Cosmic Superconductor
Appendix C: From "Not Wrong" to (Maybe) Right 217
Glossary 221
Notes 243
Illustration Credits 259
Index 261