Gravity attracts photon particles

The discovery of the indivisible

In the middle of Europe, one of the largest and most complex machines that humans have ever built has gone into operation: the Large Hadron Collider (LHC for short). With it, a window opens into a new world that holds many secrets: What gives the particles of matter their mass? Are there hidden dimensions of space? Is there a deep connection between particles with different spins (supersymmetry)? What is the dark matter that pervades our universe made of? Does the Higgs particle exist?

With this book, the reader immerses himself in this wonderful world that we humans have discovered in modern times: atoms and their substructure of quarks and leptons, the puzzling quantum mechanics, particles of light, Einstein's tissue of space and time, the four interactions and finally the new world into which the LHC is currently penetrating and in which we suspect Higgs particles, supersymmetry and possibly the first signs of string theory. The first assumption has now been confirmed: In the summer of 2012, the LHC announced the discovery of the Higgs particle.

After reading it, one thing is clear: We live in an amazing world and are just about to take a decisive step forward in unraveling its secrets. For the second edition, the author has updated the book and added the latest findings.

About the author:

Jörg Resag studied physics and astronomy in Bonn and did his doctorate in theoretical physics on the quark structure of elementary particles.
He currently works in the chemical-pharmaceutical industry.
In 2012 his second book "Zeitpfad - The history of our universe and our planet" was published by the Spektrum-Verlag.

Readers' comments on the first edition:

The theoretical physicist Jörg Resag has succeeded in writing a very interesting, entertaining and didactically excellent book that introduces both interested laypeople and experts to the secrets of quantum physics, the standard model, the theory of relativity and cosmology and finally the superstrings. (...) Very complex relationships are explained very clearly and understandably.

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Not a simple, but highly recommended work.

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About the authors

Jörg Resag studied physics and astronomy in Bonn and did his doctorate in theoretical physics on the quark structure of elementary particles.
He currently works in the chemical-pharmaceutical industry.
In 2012 his second book "Zeitpfad - The history of our universe and our planet" was published by the Spektrum-Verlag.

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