The Quark and the Jaguar: Adventures in the Simple and the Complex

W.H. Freeman, 1994 - 392 páginas
From one of the architects of the new science of simplicity and complexity comes a highly personal, unifying vision of the natural world. As a theoretical physicist, Murray Gell-Mann has explored nature at its most fundamental level. His achievements include the 1969 Nobel Prize for work leading up to his discovery of the quark - the basic building block of all atomic nuclei throughout the universe. But Gell-Mann is a man of many intellectual passions, with lifelong interests in fields that seek to understand existence at its most complex: natural history, biological evolution, the history of language, and the study of creative thinking. These seemingly disparate pursuits come together in Gell-Mann's current work at the Santa Fe Institute, where scientists are investigating the similarities and differences among complex adaptive systems - systems that learn or evolve by utilizing acquired information. They include a child learning his or her native language, a strain of bacteria becoming resistant to an antibiotic, the scientific community testing new theories, or an artist implementing a creative idea. The Quark and the Jaguar is Gell-Mann's own story of finding the connections between the basic laws of physics and the complexity and diversity of the natural world. The simple: a quark inside an atom. The complex: a jaguar prowling its jungle territory in the night. Exploring the relationship between them becomes a series of exciting intellectual adventures.

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Substance: Ruminations over a large number of scientific topics, with biographical notes. Style: Interesting and accessible. NOTES: (use for research in writing projects) Leer reseña completa

THE QUARK AND THE JAGUAR: Adventures in the Simple and the Complex

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Proposition: Gell-Mann is a polymath. Polymaths can write about everything with authority. Well almost. The Nobel laureate in physics who coined ``quark'' and developed the ``standard model'' of ... Leer reseña completa

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Murray Gell-Mann was born on September 15, 1929 in Manhattan, New York. He received a bachelor's degree in physics from Yale University in 1948 and a Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1951. His discovery of quarks, a concept in particle physics, earned him a Nobel Prize in Physics in 1969. He wrote several books including The Quark and the Jaguar: Adventures in the Simple and the Complex. He has received several awards including the Dannie Heineman Prize, the Ernest O. Lawrence Memorial Award, the Franklin Medal, the Research Corporation Award, the John J. Carty Medal, and the Helmholtz Medal. He died on May 24, 2019 at the age of 89.

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