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Jul 16, Emily rated it liked it Shelves: md-to-be. This little book was a lot of of physics, a little bit of history, and some fun personal anecdotes. I have to admit that with just a semester or two of college physics, most of this went a bit over my head. Even when the author tried to slowly work your brain around something, most of it is still too abstract to grasp from a single reading of any one book.

Nevertheless, I do now have a bit more of an understanding of quarks and how they got that name! All in all, this is an interesting read for the physics buff including wannabe physics buffs or science history buff in your life. Sep 11, Firda rated it liked it Shelves: math-science , expository.

If colors are to be used as the analogy, then I think it should be started from the most basic particles as the primary colors albeit hardest to detect , then continue to the particles composed by the basic particles as secondary colors. And so on. With all that being written, there is still an interesting thing out of this book -- the writer has lots of personal experiences related to particle physics research -- I personally think that is interesting. Nov 29, Aileen rated it really liked it Shelves: non-fiction , science-stem.

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I really enjoyed this book. It was brilliantly concise. Not entirely for the layman, not entirely for the specialist. A bit of a middle ground read. I really enjoyed the logical path he took through the history of particle physics and I kind of understood his vague analogy to art. I think he is thinking of particles the way artists think of pigments. But he is not entirely clear on this and if you take the title of the book to be indicative of its content then you will find yourself very confuse I really enjoyed this book.

But he is not entirely clear on this and if you take the title of the book to be indicative of its content then you will find yourself very confused indeed. But it is an endearing little volume.


I found it charming. Mar 29, David rated it liked it. I'm tempted to rate A Palette of Particles lower than three stars, but it's not all bad. It's a short book and should be considered a supplemental addition to your reading on particle physics, and not your primary resource. What makes it interesting in places is Bernstein's recollection of personal anecdotes involving his experiences with other "big names" in 20th century physics.

Sep 01, Matt Kuhns rated it it was ok. Difficult to work out the audience for whom this was written. I have managed my way through a number of physics and cosmology books over the year, but this one leaped in and out of the deep end too quickly for me. It's nonetheless so breezy a review of particle physics that it seems like those capable of following everything would not really get anything from reading it. Jul 28, Matthew Ramirez rated it liked it. The history aspect of this book was helpful at creating a timeline in perspective of how things were developing over the years but failed at being a more comprehendible book about Quantum Mechanics.

Highly recommend taking a quantum course before reading. Only read the book to affirm what you learned and allows you a little more advanced Quantum than your intro class. Oct 06, Ian Lindstrom rated it it was ok Shelves: science , particle-physics. This book covered no new ground.

Not only in the context of other books I have read, but in the sense that it did not explain the theories, history, or experiments in a novel or good way. There are better books out there, especially if you are fairly fresh to the subject.

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Jun 23, Hendrick Mcdonald rated it liked it. A quick tour of particle physics. Gives brief introductions to topics like spin, color, charge and how these concepts lead to new particle discoveries.

Also covers some of the history behind these discoveries. Jul 16, Jenny rated it it was amazing Shelves: science. Sep 08, Iris Yu rated it did not like it. Pretty incomprehensible if you don't already know the material. Also found "degrees Kelvin" written on page 53, make of that what you will. Oct 20, Steven Phelps rated it liked it.

My favorite part was the taxonomy charts in the last few chapters. Anecdotes were entertaining in an inside-baseball way. An enjoyable history lesson and whos-who of both particles and scientists. May 08, Scott rated it liked it. I was hoping for something with a little more understandable material on subatomic particles. Sep 20, Mills College Library added it. Robert Williams iii rated it really liked it Apr 24, Sebastian rated it liked it May 25, Stephen rated it really liked it Nov 04, Paul Vittay rated it liked it May 17, JT Dancer rated it really liked it Apr 29, Case Hopkins rated it it was ok May 25, Cattie rated it really liked it Oct 09, Alex Sterling rated it really liked it Aug 12, Brendan rated it it was ok Jun 20, Milan Butani rated it it was amazing Mar 29, Niklasl rated it liked it Apr 15, Michael rated it really liked it Jul 06, Jason rated it really liked it Oct 29, There are no discussion topics on this book yet.

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A palette of particles

Free shipping for non-business customers when ordering books at De Gruyter Online. Please find details to our shipping fees here. Print Flyer Recommend to Librarian. More options … Overview Content Contact Persons. Overview Aims and Scope Jeremy Bernstein guides readers through high-energy physics from early twentieth-century atomic models to leptons, mesons, quarks, and the newly discovered Higgs boson, drawing them into the excitement of a universe where 80 percent of all matter has never been identified.

Kenneth W. Ford, author of Quantum Questions : This is a superb little book. No one, with the possible exception of Freeman Dyson, writes so gracefully about physics and its recent history, or so effectively inserts himself into the story without self-advertisement. Comments 0 Please log in or register to comment. General note: By using the comment function on degruyter.