xxxii, 669 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Q173 .V23 2005
Bibliography, etc. Note
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Formatted Contents Note
Astronomy : the mystery of dark matter Cosmology : the creation of the universe Theoretical cosmology and particle physics : the cosmological constant problem Gravity : the construction of a consistent quantum theory of gravity Particle physics : the mechanism that makes fundamental mass Particle physics and astrophysics : the solar neutrino problem Astrophysics : the source of gamma-ray bursts Theoretical high-energy physics : the unification of the basic forces Solid state physics : the mechanism behind high-temperature superconductors Biology : how the basic processes of life are carried out by DNA and proteins Biology : protein folding Paleontology : how present-day microbiological information can be used to reconstruct "the ancient tree of life" Free will Consciousness The dynamics of the inner Earth Earthquake predicting How microscopic atomic forces produce various macroscopic behaviors The fabrication and manipulation of carbon-based structures (fullerenes) Free energy Nuclear fusion and waste.