• Wouter Schmitz
Part of the The Frontiers Collection book series (FRONTCOLL)


In the past century science has made a lot of progress in understanding the world of fundamental particles and forces. This fundament of the world we live in has always fascinated me enormously. And I am not alone in this. Unfortunately, it turns out that these building blocks of the universe are as hard to understand as they are interesting. This mix makes it a magic world of exotic particles and weird forces that are the realm of modern magicians we call physicists. In ancient times magicians used spells that no-one could understand. Our modern magicians use mathematics as their language to get a grip on the universe. Of course, where ancient magicians failed to understand the world and we learned that their spells do not work, this is entirely different for the present day physicists.

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  • Wouter Schmitz
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  1. 1.AmsterdamThe Netherlands

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