A Short Journey from Quarks to the Universe

  • Eleftherios N. Economou

Part of the SpringerBriefs in Physics book series (SpringerBriefs in Physics, volume 1)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Eleftherios N. Economou
    Pages 1-4
  3. Three Key-Ideas and a Short-Cut

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 5-5
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      Pages 17-25
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  4. Structures Mediated by Strong Interactions

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 43-43
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      Pages 45-50
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  5. The Realm of Electromagnetism

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 61-61
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  6. Gravity at Front Stage

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 91-92
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  7. Back Matter
    Pages 123-146

About this book


This book takes the reader for a short journey over the structures of matter showing that their main properties can be obtained even at a quantitative level with a minimum background knowledge. The latter, besides some high school physics and mathematics, consists of the three cornerstones of science presented in chapters 1 to 3, namely the atomic idea, the wave-particle duality, and the minimization of energy as the condition for equilibrium. Dimensional analysis employing the universal constants and combined with “a little imagination and thinking”, to quote Feynman, allows an amazing short-cut derivation of several quantitative results concerning the structures of matter. This book is expected to be of interest to physics, engineering, and other science students and to researchers in physics, material science, chemistry, and engineering who may find stimulating the alternative derivation of several real world results, which sometimes seem to pop out the magician’s hat.


atomic data atomic system of units basic relations of wave-particle duality big-bang model universal physical constants concise introduction to dimensional derivations cosmology elementary particles gravity quantum kinetic energy quarks, gluons and hadrons

Authors and affiliations

  • Eleftherios N. Economou
    • 1
  1. 1., FORTH Institute, IESLUniversity of CreteIraklionGreece

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Eleftherios N. Economou 2011
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Physics and Astronomy
  • Print ISBN 978-3-642-20088-5
  • Online ISBN 978-3-642-20089-2
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