Fearful symmetry: The search for beauty in modern physics

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Fearful Symmetry brings the incredible discoveries of contemporary physics within everyone's grasp. A. Zee, a distinguished physicist and skillful expositor, tells the exciting story of how today's theoretical physicists are following Einstein in their search for the beauty and simplicity of Nature. Animated by a sense of reverence and whimsy, the book describes the majestic sweep and accomplishments of twentieth-century physics. In the end, we stand in awe before the grand vision of modern physics--one of the greatest chapters in the intellectual history of humankind.


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"Fearful Symmetry tells the story of modern physics and contemporary physicists in a most understandable and vivid way. It makes the `fearful' symmetry simple and accessible, and the burning tigers lively and human. An excellent rendition and an outstanding achievement."--T. D. Lee, Nobel Laureate in Physics


"To a layman like myself, totally unversed in modern theoretical physics, Zee's book comes as an illumination. Once having grasped the idea of symmetry as an aesthetic and intellectual principle, I found myself, under his guidance, contemplating aspects of the design of the universe of which I never had the faintest glimmer."--John Rupert Martin, Marquand Professor of Art and Archaeology, Princeton University


"A small gem we can see deeply into with small effort and great pleasure."--Robert Schrieffer, Nobel Laureate in Physics


About the Author:

A. Zee is Professor of Physics and a Permanent Member of the Institute for Theoretical Physics at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He is the author of numerous journal articles and several books, including An Old Man's Toy and Swallowing Clouds.

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