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Dr. Ken Nakamura is a neurologist who specializes in diagnosing and treating patients with Parkinson’s disease at the Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders Clinic. He also runs a research laboratory at the Gladstone Institutes, where he investigates how disruptions of mitochondria—the “power centers” of cells that convert nutrients into energy—contribute to the development and progression of Parkinson’s disease and Alzheimer’s disease.
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How Peter Higgs Solved the Mystery of Mass
Frank Close - 2022-06-14
K Ken Nakamura
I just finished this book yesterday. It is an absolutely great book. "The Infinity Puzzle" by @closefrank used to be my favorite popular science book (as opposed to textbook); Now Elusive is added to the list. I have already recommended to my friends from graduate school.      source
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The Infinity Puzzle
Quantum Field Theory and the Hunt for an Orderly Universe
Frank Close - 2011-11-29
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Discover the fascinating journey to understanding quantum field theory and the elusive Higgs boson in this captivating book. By exploring how we can make the universe reasonable through physics, the author sheds light on the inner workings of the universe and the implications of our discoveries. Join the journey towards renormalizing field theory, and understand the impact of the Higgs boson on our understanding of the world. This is one puzzle you won't want to miss.
K Ken Nakamura
I just finished this book yesterday. It is an absolutely great book. "The Infinity Puzzle" by @closefrank used to be my favorite popular science book (as opposed to textbook); Now Elusive is added to the list. I have already recommended to my friends from graduate school.      source
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The Biggest Ideas in the Universe
Space, Time, and Motion
Sean Carroll - 2022-09-20
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Explore the most mind-boggling concepts in modern physics with this entertaining and illuminating read. Expert explainer Sean Carroll demystifies the fundamental ideas that inform our understanding of reality, using his uniquely lucid voice to bring complex equations to life. Discover radiant giants, warped space-time, and powerful forces in a multidimensional landscape filled with wonder. Carroll proves that high school calculus - the centuries-old marvel underpinning our cutting-edge ideas about black holes - is just as worthy of our attention as the Mona Lisa. With engaging and inspiring insights, this book is sure to captivate readers across generations and cultures.
K Ken Nakamura
I just finished this book by @seanmcarroll. It is a great book, perhaps the best by Sean. It has enough math that anybody who are not afraid of high school math can learn so much more than from regular semi-science books.      source
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The Gods Themselves
Isaac Asimov - 2000-02-10 (first published in 1972)
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Energy from a parallel universe is the solution to unlimited power, but it comes with a price. The transference process will eventually destroy the Earth's Sun and the planet itself. Only a few know the terrifying truth, including a rebellious alien, an outcast Earth scientist, and a lunar-born human intuitionist. Together, they hold the key to Earth's survival.
K Ken Nakamura
@RogerFreedman @d_a_howell One of my favorite SF book is "The Gods Themselves" by Asimov.      source
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Flashes of Creation
George Gamow, Fred Hoyle, and the Great Big Bang Debate
Paul Halpern - 2021-08-17
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Explore the ongoing debate around the Big Bang and the fate of our universe in this captivating book. Physics professor Paul Halpern delves into the heated disagreements between two renowned scientists, who had opposing ideas about the creation of the cosmos. With wit and insight, he showcases the brilliance of both thinkers and offers valuable lessons on imagination and boldness. Discover the fascinating history and latest discoveries in our quest to unravel the mysteries of the universe.
K Ken Nakamura
I am almost done with this great book. I found the discussion of Nobel prize from page 221 to 227 very fascinating.      source
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Gauge Theories of the Strong, Weak, and Electromagnetic Interactions
Second Edition
Chris Quigg - 2013-09-23
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Explore the fascinating world of gauge theories and their applications to high-energy particle physics with this updated graduate-level textbook. From quantum electrodynamics to the electroweak theory, discover the logic and structure behind these theories and their experimental underpinnings. The book also includes a comprehensive treatment of electroweak symmetry breaking, the Higgs boson, and the path toward unified theories of strong, weak, and electromagnetic interactions. Engaging exercises and annotated bibliographies make this an ideal reference for students and seasoned practitioners alike.
K Ken Nakamura
@chrisquigg @PrincetonUPress This is the first book with which I studied the Gauge theories seriously, deriving all the steps. Thank you for writing this wonderful book.      source
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Something Deeply Hidden
Quantum Worlds and the Emergence of Spacetime
Sean Carroll - 2019-09-10
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Delve into the mind-bending world of quantum mechanics with this groundbreaking book by Sean Carroll, one of the world's top theoretical physicists. "Something Deeply Hidden" challenges long-held beliefs in physics, and offers a revolutionary new theory that changes everything we know about space and time. Carroll argues that there are many copies of us in the universe, generated thousands of times per second. His compelling case for the Many Worlds Theory will transform the way you view your place in the cosmos.
K Ken Nakamura
You got to read this book if you have any intellectual curiosity.      source
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Life 3.0
Being Human in the Age of Artificial Intelligence
Max Tegmark - 2017-08-29
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Discover the groundbreaking advancements in Artificial Intelligence and its potential to revolutionize our future. From job markets to lethal autonomous weapons, Max Tegmark explores the complex implications of AI on society and our very sense of being human. As an MIT professor, Tegmark brings authoritative insight to how we can keep AI beneficial, enhance prosperity without leaving people in poverty, and ensure machines do what we want. Join the conversation about the most controversial issues in AI, including superintelligence and the meaning of consciousness. This essential read provides the tools to shape the AI future we want.
K Ken Nakamura
I read this great book by @tegmark Highly recommended for all future generation, for everyone should think about AI. Thus in my opinion, since everyone should know about AI, the first half of the book should be required reading in high school.      source
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The Big Picture
On the Origins of Life, Meaning, and the Universe Itself
Sean Carroll - 2016-05-10
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Get ready for a mind-bending exploration of humanity's place in the universe! In this bestselling book, acclaimed writer Sean Carroll takes you on a journey through the principles that have guided the scientific revolution, exploring everything from the quantum level to the origins of life, consciousness, and the universe. With intriguing historical anecdotes and personal asides, Carroll presents an unprecedented scientific worldview that will challenge and inspire readers for years to come.
K Ken Nakamura
I finished "The BIG Picture" by @seanmcarroll It is a great book, must read for everyone. I have 2 comments: 1) In P134, the author implied that even History can be considered a science, which was quite surprise for me. (to be continued)      source
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The Quantum Labyrinth
How Richard Feynman and John Wheeler Revolutionized Time and Reality
Paul Halpern - 2017-10-17
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Discover the story of the unlikely friendship between two brilliant physicists who revolutionized the nature of time and reality. Despite their sharp differences in personality, John Wheeler and Richard Feynman formed a complementary collaboration that led to a complete rethinking of the universe. Feynman's cautious approach to physics and Wheeler's wild ideas culminated in a complete transformation of quantum physics, introducing the concept of wormholes and showing the combination of contradictory possibilities that make up quantum reality. Don't miss this inspiring tale of scientific breakthroughs and lifelong friendship.
K Ken Nakamura
I finished the book a few weeks ago. The book is the must read for anyone who has any sort of intellectual curiosity. Incidentally, I have one comment. The V-A theory of the weak interaction is also discovered by JJ Sakurai (Physics Today's obituary by Yoichiro Nambu)      source