Particles and Interactions: An Overview
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In this introductory chapter, we shall get acquainted with the fundamental particles and their interactions, and have a first look at their characteristic properties which we shall study more fully later in this book. We shall also ponder on the crucial and pervasive role of the concept of symmetry, and close the chapter with considerations of the indispensable practical matter of physical units.
KeywordsGauge Theory Quantum Number Gauge Boson Natural Unit Generalize Charge
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