The lightness of being : mass, ether, and the unification of forces

Frank Wilczek

Our understanding of natures deepest reality has changed radically, but almost without our noticing, over the past twenty-five years. Transcending the clash of older ideas about matter and space, acclaimed physicist Frank Wilczek explains a remarkable new discovery: matter is built from almost weightless units, and pure energy is the ultimate source of mass. He calls it The Lightness of Being. Space is no mere container, empty and passive. It is a dynamic Grida modern ether and its spontaneous activity creates and destroys particles. This new understanding of mass explains the puzzling feebleness of gravity, and a gorgeous unification of all the forces comes sharply into focus. The Lightness of Being is the first book to explore the implications of these revolutionary ideas about mass, energy, and the nature of empty space. In it, Wilczek masterfully presents new perspectives on our incredible universe and envisions a new golden age of fundamental physics.

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書名 The lightness of being : mass, ether, and the unification of forces
著作者等 Wilczek, Frank
出版元 Basic Books
刊行年月 2010
ページ数 xi, 270 p., [4] p. of plates
大きさ 24 cm
ISBN 9780465018956
NCID BB04095917
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言語 英語
出版国 アメリカ合衆国