Emmy Noether

Welcome to EmmyNoether.com

A website devoted to teaching in the introductory physics curriculum.

NOTE: This website is undergoing rennovation and many of the associated files are incomplete. We hope to have it all finished by mid-September, 2014.

I. Our Books:

Beyond the God Particle

Prometheus Books,

"Beyond the God Particle," explains the Higgs boson in layman's terms... yes, we really do explain it! We don't settle for weak metaphors. Instead, We show how the discoveries that spanned the 20th century, such as the fact that the mirror world is fundamentally different than our own (the discovery of parity violation by Lederman and others) led ultimately to the realization that a "Higgs field" permeating all of space must exist. Through its interactions with matter, the quarks and leptons out of which we are made, the Higgs field gives rise to remarkable dance: particles rapidly oscillate from "left to "right" "handedness" (aka "chirality") absorbing and discharging their "weak charge" into the vacuum. This is the property of mass when seen through the world's most powerful microscopes, the former Tevatron at Fermilab and the modeern LHC at CERN. As the magnetic field is composed of "photons," the particles of light, the Higgs field is composed of a heavy particle called the "Higgs boson." The Higgs boson was heroically discovered at CERN, in Geneve, Switzerland, a discovery that was heralded around the world on July 4th, 2012.

In this book we also charm the reader with our complaints about the grotesquely inadequate funding level in the U.S. for the most important of all sciences, Particle Physics. Particle Physics produces trillions of dollars in annual derived economic activity around the world, via the effects of its discoveries, yet it is barely surviving in the US today.

"Betond the God Particle" can be purchased at amazon.com. Click here.

Quantum Physics for Poets

Prometheus Books,

"Quantum Physics for Poets," explains the shocking existential conundrum of quantum theory. "Quantum Physics for Poets," deals with the logic and mystery of quantum theory, interspersed with the poetry of Dickinson, Yeats and Shakespeare. From entanglement, to spin, to antimatter we follow the thread of reason of physics of the 20th century that created our modern world. This book is rapidly becoming the standard goto work for the interested layman who wants to know more about the grand enigma of reality and engine of human understanding and utilization of the physical world: quantum mechanics. Some of our readers say it best in the their amazon reviews:

"Leon Lederman and Christopher Hill have inflected a fantastic introductory and popular level text into the fray of many such books. There are only 10 chapters, but what makes this introductory text stand out from others is the extensive writings on familiar matters such as Thomas Young's famous 2-slit experiment. I promise the reader that, unless they are physicists, they will be introduced to a host of new insights, concepts and unexpected materials related to very familiar themes that have been glossed over in previous books. The chapters on quantum physics and chemistry are priceless and rarely highlighted in preceding books...."

"I am not a scientist, but over the years I have read a number of books like The Tao of Physics: An Exploration of the Parallels between Modern Physics and Eastern Mysticism and Dancing Wu Li Masters: An Overview of the New Physics and Quantum Reality: Beyond the New Physics that present the enigma that is quantum physics to a more general audience. This book is, in my opinion, easier to read and a more more in-depth treatment of this subject than any of those other excellent books. Lederman and Hill present the material in a manner that is scholarly, practical, literary and sometimes humorous. As a relatively short overview, Quantum Physics for Poets spares the lay reader most of the mathematics that is the the heart of theoretical physics, but readers may access the authors' website ([...]) where "appendices" presenting more complete discussions of various topics in classical and quantum physics may be read or downloaded. I highly recommend this book to anyone with any interest at all in the field of quantum physics. "

"The absolute best book on quantum physics for non-scientists ever written. Easy to understand, no equations, and sprinkled with humor. It starts out with the physics discoveries of the 18th century and moves the reader gently into the mysteries of the quantum world. As a scientist myself I have never really accepted quantum physics as reality. This book made a believer of me! "

"Quantum Physics for Poets" can be purchased at amazon.com. Click here.

Symmetry and the Beautiful Universe

Prometheus Books,

"Symmetry and the Beautiful Universe," deals with all of the major topics of modern and classical physics through Symmetry. It provides an excellent biographical chapter of the greatest female mathematician and theoretical physicist who ever lived, Emmy Noether. If you are interested in learning about superstrings, modern cosmology, quarks, and black holes, then you may want to start with this book.

This also provides an ideal introduction to the subject of physics for non-physics majors, or students thinking about a career in science or mathematics.

We plan to supplement the book for educators and students with problem sets and solutions, and additional chapters and explanations of many things that were not used in the book. Feel free to post your suggestions on our guestbook, or send us email.

Symmetry and the Beautiful Universe is available at amazon.com. Click here.

II. Resources:

I. Bell's Theorem (pdf file)

III. Author's Information:

(click on author's names for homepages.)

Christopher T. Hill,
Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory,
MS. 106, P.O. Box 500, Batavia, Illinois, 60510, USA

email: hill (at) fnal (dot) gov .

Leon M. Lederman,
(Nobel Laureate in Physics )
Former Director of Fermilab
Former Resident Scholar, Illinois Math and Science Academy
1500 W. Sullivan Rd.
Aurora, Ill. 60506-1000