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Author Name:    PAIS, Abraham

Title:   Inward Bound : Of Matter and Forces in the Physical World. 1st in dj.

Publisher:    Oxford University Press, Oxford, 1986, ISBN:0198519710 

Seller ID:   96307

PAIS, Abraham. Inward Bound : Of Matter and Forces in the Physical World . Oxford and New York: Clarendon Press/Oxford University Press, (1986). FirstPrinting. Pp. (8),[ix]-xiv,(2),[1]-666,(6). 8vo, black cloth spine with pa le blue paper covered boards. Contents: 1. Purpose and plan; 2. New kinds of rays; 3. From uranic rays to radioactivity; 4. The first particle; 5. Interlude: earliest physiological discoveries; 6. Radioactivity's three early puzzles; 7. Pitfalls of simplicity; 8. -Spectra, 1907-1914; 9. Atomic structure and spectral lines; 10. 'It was the epoch of belief, it was the epochof incredulity'; 11. Nuclear physics' tender age; 12. Quantum mechanics, a n essay; 13. First encounters with symmetry and invariance; 14. Nuclear physics: the age of paradox; 15. Quantum fields, or how particles are made andhow they disappear; 16. Battling the infinite; 17. In which the nucleus ac quires a new constituent, loses an old one, reveals new forces with new symmetries, and is explored by new experimental methods; 18. Of quantum electrodynamics' triumphs and limitations and of a new particle's sobering impact; 19. In which particle physics enters the era of big machines and big detectors and pion physics goes through ups and downs; 20. Onset of an era: newforms of matter appear, old symmetries crumble; 21. Essay on modern times, 1960-83; 22. Being a conclusion that starts as an epilog and ends as a pro log. Very good in spine-nicked dust jacket. Due to this volume's excess weight, extra shipping charges may be necessary on international orders. 35.00


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