The Natural Laws of the Universe

Understanding Fundamental Constants

Jean-Philippe Uzan and Bénédicte Leclercq

The Natural Laws of the Universe Constants, such as the universal presence of gravity and the speed of light, are fundamental laws of physics. What exactly are those laws? What is a constant? And does the fact that recent observations have cast doubt on one of them mean that the structure of physics will crumble? Are we seeing the dawn of a new scientific revolution? This book, asks these and other questions, such as: What role do constants play in the laws of physics, and how can we verify that they are indeed constant? It shows how new theories may lead to the simplification of older theories.

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Reading this book will help you understand much about the state of physics today. It will also introduce you to the wonderful mysteries of nature still to be revealed in the exciting work that is currently going on in the field

Table of Contents


  1. Foundations: universality in physics
  2. Fundamental constants: pillars of the edifice
  3. Planning the edifice: structure of theories
  4. Proportions: dimensionless parameters
  5. Atoms under close examination
  6. A constant in the clouds
  7. What if they did vary? Gravity waits in the wings
  8. Strings attached: towards multiple universes


Extent: 148 pages
Binding: Paperback
Publication Date: June 2008
ISBN: 978-0-387-73454-5

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