By Jeremy Bernstein

From molecules to stars, a lot of the cosmic canvas could be painted in brushstrokes of basic colour: the protons, neutrons, and electrons we all know so good. yet for meticulous aspect, we need to dip into unique hues—leptons, mesons, hadrons, quarks. Bringing particle physics to existence as few authors can, Jeremy Bernstein right here unveils nature in all its subatomic splendor.

during this sleek account, Bernstein publications us via high-energy physics from the early 20th century to the current, together with such highlights because the newly came across Higgs boson. starting with Ernest Rutherford’s 1911 rationalization of the nucleus, a version of atomic constitution emerged that sufficed until eventually the Nineteen Thirties, while new debris started to be theorized and experimentally proven. within the postwar interval, the subatomic global exploded in a blaze of unforeseen findings resulting in the speculation of the quark, in all its unusual and charmed adaptations. An eyewitness to advancements at Harvard college and the Institute for complicated examine in Princeton, Bernstein laces his tale with piquant anecdotes of such luminaries as Wolfgang Pauli, Murray Gell-Mann, and Sheldon Glashow.

Surveying the dizzying panorama of up to date physics, Bernstein is still confident approximately our skill to realize the secrets and techniques of the cosmos—even as its mysteries deepen. We now comprehend that over 80 percentage of the universe involves subject we have now by no means pointed out or detected. A Palette of Particles attracts readers into the buzz of a box the place the extra we find, the fewer we appear to know.

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