Princeton Frontiers in Physics6

Princeton Frontiers in Physics is a series of short introductions to some of today’s most exciting and dynamic research areas across the physical sciences. Written by leading specialists, these stimulating books address fundamental questions that are challenging the limits of current knowledge. With forward-looking discussions of core ideas, ongoing debates, and unresolved problems, the books in this series make cutting-edge research in the physical sciences more accessible than ever before—for students, scientists, and scientifically minded general readers.

  • What Is Dark Matter? What Is Dark Matter? Peter Fisher

    Astronomical observations have confirmed dark matter’s existence, but what exactly is dark matter? In What Is Dark Matter?, particle physicist Peter Fisher introduces readers to one of the most intriguing frontiers of physics. We...

  • Can the Laws of Physics Be Unified? Can the Laws of Physics Be Unified? Paul Langacker

    The standard model of particle physics describes our current understanding of nature's fundamental particles and their interactions, yet gaps remain. For example, it does not include a quantum theory of gravity, nor does it explain the...

  • How Do You Find an Exoplanet? How Do You Find an Exoplanet? John Asher Johnson

    Alien worlds have long been a staple of science fiction. But today, thanks to modern astronomical instrumentation and the achievements of many enterprising observational astronomers, the existence of planets outside our solar...

  • What Does a Black Hole Look Like? What Does a Black Hole Look Like? Charles D. Bailyn

    Emitting no radiation or any other kind of information, black holes mark the edge of the universe—both physically and in our scientific understanding. Yet astronomers have found clear evidence for the existence of black holes...

  • What Are Gamma-Ray Bursts? What Are Gamma-Ray Bursts? Joshua S. Bloom

    Gamma-ray bursts are the brightest--and, until recently, among the least understood--cosmic events in the universe. Discovered by chance during the cold war, these evanescent high-energy explosions confounded astronomers for decades....

  • How Did the First Stars and Galaxies Form? How Did the First Stars and Galaxies Form? Abraham Loeb

    Though astrophysicists have developed a theoretical framework for understanding how the first stars and galaxies formed, only now are we able to begin testing those theories with actual observations of the very distant, early universe....