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This book was perfect for such a refresher and more. Webb wastes no time at any point in elaborate metaphor or side story, he stays on message throughout, and I appreciated his brevity and clarity in presenting a notoriously difficult subject to write about. Webb is only rarely a cheerleader unlike Kaku or even Greene, both of whom I enjoy reading , and offers a level-headed look at physics.
He states up front that this book's point was to present physics to a non-mathematical reader, but one should not mistake that for meaning the 'average joe'. Out of This World is meant for an intermediate reader who has some familiarity with science and a patience for reading theories not easily visualized.
We are continually improving the quality of our text archives. Wheeler has suggested that one answer to that question may be simply us, acting through quantum-mechanical acts of observation, a process he calls ''genesis by observership. In an eyeblink the universe would double some 60 times over, until the Higgs field released its energy and filled the outrushing universe with hot particles. Social Work Theories and Methods. Then, in a series of increasingly astonishing chapters, he introduces us to the seemingly outlandish and bizarre proposals-from almost unbelievably small particles to huge membranes that may envelope the Universe-that physicists have devised to account for this incompatibility, ultimately leading us to wholly new realms of understanding. Ships in 15 business days. Get to Know Us.
In other words, this was a perfect format for me at this point. The book includes numerous diagrams and photos to enhance Webb's presentation.
Webb gives a quick overview of some fundamentals of physics, including symmetry, relativity, quantum mechanics, and the Standard Model. His discussion on symmetry is the 'kindest' I've read yet to the non-math genius, and serves as an excellent introduction to the subject and its importance to physics side note: Peter Woit badly needed this sort of presentation on symmetry in his anti-string theory book Not Even Wrong, as opposed to his included page dry slog through the subject.
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Later chapters cover more recent theories, especially string theory and M-theory, duality, and branes, as well as excellent overviews of anti-de Sitter spacetime and conformal field theory. He finishes up with postulations about future research into higher dimensions, supersymmetry, and offers an excellent introduction to the Arkani-Hamed--Dimopoulos--Dvali model and the Randall-Sundrum Scenario, the latter of which is well-timed since I will read Randall's Warped Passages in the next couple of weeks.
Webb doesn't outright take a position on the main controversy in physics, namely the place of highly-mathematical and light on testable science string theory and M-theory, although he presents them as primary subjects for much of the second half of the book. Part of the reason he does this is that there aren't many other games in town right now, though he does make a quick side reference to the work of Smolin and others on the emerging loop quantum gravity theory, and he clearly wanted to present the ideas currently leading the way in the field.
Out of This World was an unexpected, no frills yet highly-readable and enlightening gem for the intermediate physics reader. Well recommended, four stars.
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