The Lightness of Being

The Lightness of Being

Mass, Ether, and the Unification of Forces

Book - 2008
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Physicist' understanding of the essential nature of reality changed radically over the past quarter century. Frank Wilczek has played a lead role in establishing the new paradigms. Transcending the clash and mismatch of older ideas about what matter is, and what space is, Wilczek presents here some brilliant and clear syntheses. Space is a dynamic material, the engine of reality; matter is a subtle pattern of disturbance in that material.

Extraordinarily readable and authoritative, The Lightness of Being is the first book to unwrap these exciting new ideas for the general public. It explores their implications for basic questions about space, mass, energy, and the longed-for possibility of a fully unified theory of Nature. Along the way, Wilczek presents new perspectives on many strange aspects of our fantastic universe. Pointing toward new directions where the great discoveries in fundamental physics are likely to come, he envisions a new Golden Age in physics.

Publisher: New York : Basic Books, c2008.
ISBN: 9780465003211
Characteristics: xi, 270 p., [4] p. of plates :,ill. (some col.) ;,25 cm.


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Feb 11, 2014

Frank Wilczek's 2008 physics book on mass, ether, and the unification of forces is pre-large hadron collider (LHR). Frank describes the problems that are being addressed with the LHR. I have not read any books post-LHR, so I don't know if they confirmed or denied Frank's theories. But either way the results will be very interesting. Some of the math and figures are a little complicated, but if you skip the math and just read his descriptions Frank will take you beyond your imaginations. Frank also has a quick wit and good sense of humor.

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