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Particle or Wave:
The Evolution of the Concept of Matter in Modern Physics
Charis Anastopoulos

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TABLE OF CONTENTS:

List of Illustrations xi
List of Tables xv
Acknowledgments xvii
sA Note on Terminology xix
Introduction 1

Chapter 1: FROM MYTH TO MACHINE
Images of Matter from Antiquity to Newtonian Mechanics 9
1.1 First Questions 9
1.2 The Two Paradigms 12
1.3 Images of Synthesis 19
1.4 The Roots of the New Era 25
1.5 Mathematics and the World 29
1.6 The Metaphor of the Machine 41
1.7 Newton's Achievement 47

Chapter 2: PROGRESS!
From Newtonian Mechanics to Nineteenth-Century Physics 58
2.1 Newton's Successors 58
2.2 The Atoms of Chemistry 62
2.3 Energy: A First Encounter 69
2.4 Light 75
2.5 From Flow to Field 80
2.6 Electricity and Magnetism 85
2.7 Faraday and the Field 89
2.8 Maxwell's Synthesis 94
2.9 The Triumph of Mechanicism 99

Chapter 3: A NEW ARENA IS BUILT
Special Relativity and the Notion of Spacetime 104
3.1 The Coming of the Twentieth Century 104
3.2 Reference Systems and Inertial Frames 105
3.3 Einstein's Solution 112
3.4 The Union of Space and Time 117
3.5 Mass Is Energy! 122

Chapter 4: THE SYMMETRY BENEATH
Symmetry in Physics--Spacetime Symmetries 128
4.1 Symmetries in Physics Are Hidden 128
4.2 Noether's Remarkable Theorem 132
4.3 Space and Time Translations 134
4.4 The Poincaré Symmetry and the Origin of Particles 138
4.5 General Relativity 143

Chapter 5: THE MACHINE BREAKS DOWN
The Development of Quantum Physics 146
5.1 The Birth of Quantum Theory 146
5.2 New Windows to the World 154
5.3 The Adolescence of Quantum Theory 159
5.4 Heisenberg's Revolution 169
5.5 The Riposte: Schrödinger's Wave Mechanics 178
5.6 Conflict and Reconciliation 182
5.7 The Mature Quantum Theory 190

Chapter 6: SO FAMILIAR AND YET SO DIFFERENT
Spin, Quantum Phases, and Quantum Statistics 198
6.1 The Discovery of Spin 198
6.2 Quantum Phases 206
6.3 Spin Is Discrete! 212
6.4 Identical Things Cannot Be Distinguished 218

Chapter 7: FORGING THE PERFECT TOOL
The Development of Quantum Field Theory 225
7.1 Quantum Light 225
7.2 Dirac's Sea 229
7.3 Antiparticles 232
7.4 QED and Feynman Rules 240
7.5 The Taming of Infinities 247
7.6 The Basic Principles of Quantum Field Theory 254
7.7 Three Elegant Symmetries: P, T, and C 260

Chapter 8: PIECES OF A PUZZLE
The Physics of Elementary Particles 270
8.1 Radioactivity and Forces 270
8.2 The Hunt for Symmetries 276
8.3 The Breakdown of Simplicity 286
8.4 Some Simplicity Restored 294

Chapter 9: REACHING THE LIMITS
The Gauge Principle and the Standard Model 303
9.1 The Birth of the Gauge Principle 303
9.2 Yang-Mills Theories 308
9.3 Symmetry Is Broken "Spontaneously" 312
9.4 The Force That Binds 329
9.5 The Standard Model 337

Chapter 10: OUTLOOK
Unanswered Questions and Open Problems 340
10.1 The Ancient Dilemma Revisited 340
10.2 The Singular Status of Quantum Field Theory 348
10.3 Grand Unified Theories, Supersymmetry, Superstrings, and All That 352
10.4 Where Do We Go From Here? 358

Notes 367
Glossary 397
Guide for Further Reading 403
Index 405

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