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The discovery of subatomic particles (original 1983; edition 1983)

by Steven Weinberg

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In this absorbing commentary on the discovery of the atom's constituents, Steven Weinberg accomplishes a brilliant fusion of history and science. This is in effect two books, cleverly interwoven. One is an account of a sequence of key events in the physics of the twentieth century, events that led to the discoveries of the electron, proton and neutron. The other is an introduction to those fundamentals of classical physics that played crucial roles in these discoveries. Physical concepts are introduced where needed to understand the historical story, and each new concept builds on physics already explained. Throughout the book, connections are shown between the historic discoveries of subatomic particles and work today at the frontiers of physics. A final chapter describes the discoveries of new elementary particles up to the present day.… (more)
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In this absorbing commentary on the discovery of the atom's constituents, Steven Weinberg accomplishes a brilliant fusion of history and science. This is in effect two books, cleverly interwoven. One is an account of a sequence of key events in the physics of the twentieth century, events that led to the discoveries of the electron, proton and neutron. The other is an introduction to those fundamentals of classical physics that played crucial roles in these discoveries. Physical concepts are introduced where needed to understand the historical story, and each new concept builds on physics already explained. Throughout the book, connections are shown between the historic discoveries of subatomic particles and work today at the frontiers of physics. A final chapter describes the discoveries of new elementary particles up to the present day.

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In questo libro ci sono due momenti divulgativi brillantemente interconnessi. Il primo è la cronaca dei fatti chiave della fisica di questo secolo che hanno portato alla scoperta dell'elettrone, del protone, del neutrone e delle altre particelle subatomiche. 
L'altro è una introduzione a quei fondamenti della fisica classica (meccanica, elettromagnetismo, termodinamica) che hanno avuto un ruolo in queste scoperte. 
I concetti fisici vengono introdotti dove sono necessari per capire il racconto storico e ogni nuovo concetto si basa sulla fisica già spiegata. Insieme a Weinberg, il lettore è testimone degli esperimenti che dissezionarono l'atomo e partecipa all'avventura intellettuale che ha rifondato la fisica del ventesimo secolo. La narrazione offre un'immagine viva degli "attori" di questa epopea. 
Si potrebbe dire che Weinberg ha messo insieme un formidabile cast: J.J. Thomson, Walter Kaufmann, Ernest Rutheford, i coniugi Curie, Robert Millikan, Niels Bohr, James Chadwic,... 
Altrettanto viva è l'immagine della scena principale, il Cavendish Laboratory dell'Università di Cambridge, che Weinberg descrive come "il teatro non tanto di un assalto in massa ai segreti della natura, quanto piuttosto di una guerriglia con mezzi limitati, dove le armi erano l'intelligenza e l'audacia di alcuni individui geniali".
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