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4.0 out of 5 stars Very good, but not for the general reader., Sept. 18 2005
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This review is from: Symmetry And The Beautiful Universe (Hardcover)
This book explains the concept of symmetry in physics through an examination of a number of related topics, from energy conservation to particle physics. There's a lot of math here, so I would not recommend this book to someone without some university level physics experience. For myself (2nd major in physics 10 years ago) it was just at the right level where I could follow almost all of it, but still learned quite a bit.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Symmetry described brilliantly, Sept. 9 2010
I have read many books for the lay-person on physics where they try to explain the symmetry aspect of the subject but this book is easily the best I have encountered so far. Starting with Nother's theorem, everything from relativity to quantum mechanics is covered using little mathematics. In particular, I have always had difficulty understanding guage fields and how they provide the fundametal forces but this book provides a clear non-mathematical explaination.

The appendix provides detailed step-by-step explanation of how symmetry groups work.

A little history and philosophy is thrown in too. An example which I found interesting is how long ago was it realised that light had a finite speed? I found the answer surprising.

Although the writing style is light, the subject matter is certainly not "dumbed down". I recommend this book to anyone who has a more than casual interest in physics.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A great attempt at a tough but rewarding subject, Aug. 7 2007
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The wonders of the universe - it's amazing how much we know today about the mysteries that baffled people in the past.

The problem though is that this knowledge was gleaned through the hard work and creativity of mental giants, using abstract tools of higher math on one hand and giant atom smashers on the other.

Pity then the writer who tries to convey the essence of the findings to the reader who has familiarity with neither.

But the two authors here have done a good job. I had some trouble following a few passages. But this is more than made up for in the rest of the book by the lucid descriptions and explanations of how symmetry goes to the core of the latest discoveries in physics. It really is a beautiful universe. And although this book may leave a few mysteries not completely explained, think of it as an invitation to explore further!
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Symmetry And The Beautiful Universe by Leon M Lederman (Hardcover - Oct. 30 2004)
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