The Lightness of Being is a tour de force, revealing a universe where matter is the hum of strange music, mass doesn't weigh, and empty space is a multilayered, multicoloured superconductor. Physicists' understanding of the essential nature of reality changed radically over the past quarter century. And Frank Wilczek has played a lead role in establishing the new paradigms. Transcending the clash and mismatch of older ideas about what matter and space are, Wilczek presents some brilliant and clear syntheses.
Extraordinarily readable and authoritative, The Lightness of Being is the first book to unwrap these exciting new ideas for the general public. Pointing to new directions where great discoveries in fundamental physics are likely, and providing a visionary context for the experiments in CERN, he envisions a new Golden Age in physics.
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The Lightness of Being Reveals a universe where matter is the hum of strange music, mass doesn't weigh, and empty space is a multilayered, multicoloured superconductor. Transcending the clash and mismatch of older ideas about what matter and space are, this title presents syntheses. Full descriptionReview:
The Lightness of Being is an apt description of Wilczek's writing style ... at once profound and light, filled with humour, wordplay and original explanations ( New Scientist)
Read Wilczek's book ... to share some of the excitement and enlightenment ... as the Large Hadron Collider goes into operation in Switzerland ( Natural History)
Wilczek possesses a compelling writing style ... The beauty of the intellectual leaps, the grandness of the discovery, are palpable ( St Petersburg Times)
Frank Wilczek has the rare ability to communicate scientific ideas and insights with exceptional clarity - but also with a delightful playfulness ( Jerome I. Friedman, Nobel Laureate, MIT)
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Book Description Penguin Books, 2010. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # P110141043148
Book Description Penguin Books. PAPERBACK. Book Condition: New. 0141043148 New Condition. Bookseller Inventory # NEW6.1046704