Quantum Theory and Particle Physics
Cambridge University Press, 2011; $29.00 (paperback).
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Written in the genre of Lederman and Hill’s Quantum Physics for Poets, the late Marburger’s book
is another welcome gem. It is aimed at students, lay people, researchers and policymakers who are
deeply interested in quantum field theory, relativity theory and particle physics but do not work in
The purpose of this book is to explain modern physics, particularly quantum theory and the standard model of particles, in a physically correct but nonmathematical way that is easy to digest. The
mathematical and physical details are presented in notes and annotated references following each
chapter. There is a strong emphasis on symmetry in physics. Marburger, a particle physicist, former
science adviser to the president and former director of Brookhaven National Laboratory, succeeds in
communicating his message with the use of lucid diagrams and a stimulating description of particle
discovery machinery and the standard model. Read this book!
Review by Barry R. Masters, Fellow of AAAS, OSA and SPIE. He is with the department of biological engineering
at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, Mass., U.S.A.
The opinions expressed in the book review section are those of the reviewer and do not necessarily reflect those
of OPN or OSA.
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