The Fundamental Constants: Mystery of Physics

| March 3, 2012 | 0 Comments

Hey guys, I just read this nice book and decided to write a short review. The book was written by a German theoretical physicist Harald Fritzsch. In this books he discusses the mysteries in modern physics, a lot of history of 20th century physics and the fundamental constants of physics. The great thing about this book it’s that it’s written in a very unique style, which make the book easy and fun to read.

 

Basic Info

  • Paperback: 216 pages
  • Publisher: World Scientific Publishing Company (March 2, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 981283432X
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,244,653 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

 

About the Author

Harald Fritzsch is a theoretical physicist, who made important contributions to the theory of quarks, the development of quantum chromodynamics and the grand unification of the Standard Model of elementary particles. Also he is famous for being the author of best-selling popular science books including “The Equantion that Changed the World”, “The Curvature of Spacetime” and “From Big Bang to Collapse”. For more books see the link below.

 

About the Book

The first thing that catches your attention when you read the book is that it is written in a dialogue style. In this book a fictional physicist Haller discusses the achievements and mysteries of modern physics with Albert Einstein and Isaac Newton. The biggest advantage of such a writing style is that it is easily readable and most the important questions are answered in such a dialogue. Furthermore, the author really does the job well with this dialogue style as the book feels more like a novel than a scientific book, which adds to the fun factor.

As for the scientific content – it’s really informative and accessible for beginners. The author covers  basics of particle physics, standard model, particle accelerators and more. The only real drawback is that despite the title of the book only in a small section author really discusses the fundamental constants in depth. Simply speaking the book should be called “The Mysteries of the Standard Model” or something like that, as fundamental constants really play a minor role in the book.

So in conclusion, this book is really nice (despite the fact that the title is a little bit misleading) and I would recommend it for anyone who is interested in particle physics or anyone who wants something fun and unique to read.

The Fundamental Constants

 

Links:

1) More books by Harald Fritzsch 

2) The Fundamental Constants: A Mystery of Physics on Amazon:

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