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Particle Physics for Non-Physicists: A Tour of the Microcosmos | [The Great Courses]

Particle Physics for Non-Physicists: A Tour of the Microcosmos

Would you like to know how the universe works? Scientists have been asking that question for a long time and have found that many of the answers can be found in the study of particle physics, the field that focuses on those impossibly tiny particles with unbelievably strange names - the hadrons and leptons, baryons and mesons, muons and gluons - so mystifying to the rest of us.
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Would you like to know how the universe works? Scientists have been asking that question for a long time and have found that many of the answers can be found in the study of particle physics, the field that focuses on those impossibly tiny particles with unbelievably strange names - the hadrons and leptons, baryons and mesons, muons and gluons - so mystifying to the rest of us.

And now, in a fascinating and accessible series of 24 lectures, you can take the mystery out of the remarkable field that in only 100 years has unlocked the secrets of the basic forces of nature.

Professor Pollock will make you familiar with the fundamental particles that make up all matter, from the tiniest microbe to the sun and stars. And you'll also learn the "rules of the game" - the forces that drive those particles and the ways in which they interact - that underlie the workings of the universe.

The lectures have been designed to be enriching for everyone, regardless of scientific background or mathematical ability. Virtually all you'll need as you enter this fascinating world are your curiosity, common sense, and, as Professor Pollock notes, "an open mind for the occasional quantum weirdness." As you move through the lectures, you'll also gain a knowledge of how those particles fit into perhaps the greatest scientific theory of all time: the Standard Model of particle physics; a grasp of key terms like "gauge symmetry," "quantum chromodynamics," and "unified quantum field Theory;" and an appreciation of how particle physics fits in with other branches of physics - including cosmology and quantum mechanics - to create our overall understanding of nature.

Disclaimer: Please note that this recording may include references to supplemental texts or print references that are not essential to the program and not supplied with your purchase.

©2003 The Teaching Company, LLC (P)2003 The Great Courses

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    Lydia Guildford, Australia 09-19-13
    Lydia Guildford, Australia 09-19-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Great Explanation of the Atom"
    What did you love best about Particle Physics for Non-Physicists: A Tour of the Microcosmos?

    The breaking down of the Atom


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Particle Physics for Non-Physicists: A Tour of the Microcosmos?

    Learning about how Atoms are broken down and studied


    Have you listened to any of Professor Steven Pollock’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    This the first time I have listend to Professor Steven Pollock


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, very enjoyable


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Adam Chicago, IL, United States 05-27-14
    Adam Chicago, IL, United States 05-27-14 Member Since 2010
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    "My favorite Great Courses Lecture"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Particle Physics for Non-Physicists: A Tour of the Microcosmos to be better than the print version?

    There is no print version.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    It's a lecture. This question is weird. Steven Pollock?


    Have you listened to any of Professor Steven Pollock’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I've listened to his lecture on Classical Physics. This one is much better. I think this is his area of expertise, though. So that makes sense.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Intense interest and desire for more and more detail. This should have a second and third version.


    Any additional comments?

    I love Pollock's presentation style. I love that he carefully organized these lectures. And, I love that he helps me to feel like I have a thorough understanding of the work being done at large colliders (well, mostly just the LHC now).

    I've listened to this twice. I intend to listen a third time. It's absolutely fascinating. I loved learning about Quantum Chromodynamics and Quantum Electrodynamics.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Briggs Johnson 04-11-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Fundamental understanding of fundamental stuff."
    What made the experience of listening to Particle Physics for Non-Physicists: A Tour of the Microcosmos the most enjoyable?

    The narrator is very forgiving, and understands the listener is there to learn. Walk in with a cursory understanding of "things are made of other things", and walk out tossing around terms you now understand like "Fermion" and "Neutrino".


    What could The Great Courses have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    I feel nothing really could have been done to improve the listening, aside from including PDF's with things you'll only understand after, to give the listener a sense of advancement.


    What does Professor Steven Pollock bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    His tone, as mentioned, is forgiving. He keeps the atmosphere light hearted and energetic, and you never feel like you're being spoken down to.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    This book has no narrative, so the question more apt would be "did it make me contemplate how I exist?"

    Yes. Knowing that even smaller than the atom, even smaller than the proton, exists a level of matter so abstract that it is unseeable directly is a world changer. You will contemplate many thing you thought you knew.


    Any additional comments?

    If you need your understanding of particle physics to become greater than the base level you'll get in popular media like Cosmos and Bill Nye (which are fantastic places to start), this will explain in familiar terms to everyone where to guide your education on the next step.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    A reader of fact and fiction Espoo, Finland 04-10-14
    A reader of fact and fiction Espoo, Finland 04-10-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Excellent introduction for a non-physicists"

    I would recommend this to anybody who is interested in fundamental parts of our universe. Very clear presentation, easy to follow, and seems at least to me to cover the subject very well.

    I have no interest to dwell into the mathematics of particle physics, and the aim of the series of lectures is indeed to deliver as comprehensive overview of particle physics to a listener just like me.

    Very clear presentation, and I would like to listen to more material of this subject produced with such clarity and attention to delivery. Excellent!

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    Tom Acworth, Georgia, United States 03-29-14
    Tom Acworth, Georgia, United States 03-29-14 Member Since 2014
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    "A book without pages is easier to read."
    If you could sum up Particle Physics for Non-Physicists: A Tour of the Microcosmos in three words, what would they be?

    Interesting, captivating, and informative. Thank you.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked the fact it was audible and easy to turn on my laptop and plug in my ear-buds. I just listened and became informed about a subject of which I am interested.


    What about Professor Steven Pollock’s performance did you like?

    Steven Pollock seems to be very knowledgeable about the subject, "not to be sarcastic", but it was assuring to hear him talk about this subject. It did not seem like I was listening to a scripted reading.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I listened in 5 sittings.


    Any additional comments?

    Thank you. I am a scientific and mechanically inclined human being. This is the kind of information I like and use in life.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Daniel Palatine, IL, United States 02-16-14
    Daniel Palatine, IL, United States 02-16-14 Member Since 2013
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    Nothing more to say, if you want to know about particle physics, this will be an excellent place to start, or a wonderful refresher for those who have hear it all before. Well organized and well spoken. Absolutely wonderful for those long car rides.

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