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FROM QUARKS TO QUASARS. AN OUTLINE OF MODERN PHYSICS by Edward Thomas
Publication date: Unknown
Donated by: Prof Edward Thomas
A copy of this book is available for loan.
This book provides a picture of modern physics, its principal ideas and the physicist's way of working. Little background knowledge in the reader is assumed and technical terms, where used, are explained. Dr Thomas describes atoms, atomic electrons and nuclei and shows how the properties of elementary particles can be beautifully explained by quarks, the most fundamental particles yet proposed.
Following the description of the atom, the major properties of plasmas, gasses, liquids and solids are explained. The final chapter applies physical ideas to an understanding of some of the properties of the universe, particularly those most mysterious objects, the quasars.
This book will be of use to sixth-form and undergraduate students in the physical sciences and related subjects and will certainly interest any reader of an inquiring mind