Wednesday, August 24, 2011

The Fundamental Constants: A Mystery Of Physics Review

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, who is famous for his previous books like "The Curvature of Spacetime" and "The Equation that Changed the World".

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 is really great.

As for the scientific content - it's really informative and accessible for beginners. The author covers all the 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.

Thanks for reading!

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