The quest for quarks

Brian McCusker

This short account of elementary particles written for the layman poses the questions: are quarks the fundamental building blocks of matter; what are they like; how many different kinds exist; and can they exist in the free state? What is the ultimate structure of matter? Is it made of atoms, small, simple, indivisible particles, or not? John Dalton's 'chemical atoms' turned out to be composite, composed of an electron cloud and a very small, very dense nucleus. This nucleus, in turn, was found to be composite, made up of protons and neutrons bound together by pions. All three of these (and many like particles) have now been found to be made of quarks. At first there were only three of these and they were thought to be long sought after fundamental building blocks. But now we know of at least 18 quarks, 18 anti-quarks and eight 'gluons' that hold the quarks together. The whole atomic idea is in doubt and the alternate possibility of a Universe that is one, whole and indivisible opens up. This fascinating book will be an inspiration to anyone wishing a first exposure to this intriguing and mystical area of modern physics.

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  • Acknowledgements
  • 1. The structure of matter
  • 2. The strange particles
  • 3. Quarks
  • 4. The great accelerator hunt
  • 5. The quest for the free quark
  • 6. Matter and the Universe
  • Index.

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書名 The quest for quarks
著作者等 McCusker, Brian
出版元 Cambridge University Press
刊行年月 2005
ページ数 vii, 160 p.
大きさ 24 cm
ISBN 9780521019309
NCID BB26712777
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言語 英語
出版国 イギリス