This engaging introduction to the latest theoretical advances and experimental discoveries in elementary particle physics, culminating in the development of the 'Standard Model', makes this fascinating subject accessible to undergraduate students and aims at motivating them to study it further.
- Practically-focused textbook with relevant examples illustrating the connection between principles and applications
- Offers undergraduates a more modern view of the axioms of Quantum Mechanics and Quantum Field Theory
- Simple and carefully explained mathematical content accessible to readers with no prior knowledge
- Takes a historical approach to help students better grasp and appreciate the emergence of new ideas
About the Author(s)
John Iliopoulos, Director of Research Emeritus, École Normale Supérieure, Paris, and Theodore N. Tomaras, Department Head, Physics, University of Crete
John Iliopoulos is a Director of Research Emeritus at the École Normale Supérieure in Paris. He has taught on many introductory courses in Theoretical Physics, including Quantum Field Theory and the Theory of Elementary Particles, at the École Normale Supérieure and the École Polytechnique as well as in various Schools and Universities. In 1970, in collaboration with Sheldon Glashow and Luciano Maiani, he predicted the existence of
the charm quark and proposed the GIM mechanism, an important step in the construction of the Standard Model. He also contributed to the development of supersymmetry, with Bruno Zumino and Pierre Fayet. He has received many awards, including the Ricard Prize of the French Physical Society, the Sakurai Prize of the American Physical Society, the High Energy Physics Prize of the European Physical Society and the Dirac Medal.
Following his PhD at Harvard University, Theodore Tomaras worked as research associate at CalTech and junior faculty at Rockefeller University, before joining the University of Crete, Greece, where he is now Professor of Physics Emeritus. He has taught many undergraduate and postgraduate courses, on elementary particle physics, quantum field theory, and gravitation and cosmology. He has contributed to the study of magnetic monopoles in GUT models, to the physics beyond the Standard Model, to the study of solitons in High Energy and Condensed Matter Physics, and to astroparticle physics. He has served as Head of the Department of Physics and of the Institute of Theoretical
and Computational Physics of the University of Crete for several years, and was recently honoured with the 'S. Pihorides Award for Exceptional University Teaching'.
"I find this book extremely relevant and interesting. It addresses deep and important issues from a modern perspective
" - Nathan Seiberg, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton
"The authors have done a fabulous job in orchestrating their discussion of physics: a herculean task, evidently carried out well. Moreover, the way the authors go about this follows the historical development of modern physics, from quantum mechanics, to quantum electrodynamics, to quantum field theory, and of course particle physics and the standard model. Very impressive.
" - Michael C. Berg, Loyola Marymount University
"This is an excellent introduction, at an advanced undergraduate level, to the physics of elementary particles and their mutual interactions. Unlike many books in this subject, it starts from a historical and experimental perspective to illustrate how the present theoretical framework, the Standard Model, came about through a long and fascinating bottom-up process. The book will play an important role in inspiring undergraduate students to undertake graduate studies, or perhaps a career, in theoretical (or experimental) high energy physics.
" - Gabriele Veneziano, Department of Theoretical Physics, CERN, Professor Emeritus, Collège de France