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Ties That Bind

Michael Munowitz

in Knowing: The Nature of Physical Law

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
September 2007
ISBN:
9780195167375
eISBN:
9780199787104
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195167375.003.0002
Subject:
Physics, History of Physics

From a distance, bits of matter tend to attract. Up close, violating a certain threshold, they repel. In equilibrium, somewhere in between, they strike a balance. The pushes are counteracted exactly ... More


The Theory of Special Relativity

Hanoch Gutfreund and Jürgen Renn

in The Formative Years of Relativity: The History and Meaning of Einstein's Princeton Lectures

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
May 2018
ISBN:
9780691174631
eISBN:
9781400888689
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691174631.003.0015
Subject:
Physics, History of Physics

This chapter shows how the principle of special relativity and the principle of the constancy of the velocity of light uniquely determine the Lorentz transformation. Unlike in pre-relativity physics, ... More


Virtual Particles and the Four Forces

William J. Mullin

in Quantum Weirdness

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
March 2017
ISBN:
9780198795131
eISBN:
9780191836480
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198795131.003.0013
Subject:
Physics, Particle Physics / Astrophysics / Cosmology

The four forces in nature—electromagnetic force, strong nuclear force, weak nuclear force, and gravitational force—arise from the exchange of virtual bosons: photons, gluons, W bosons, Z bosons, and ... More


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