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2Physics Quote:
"The exchange character of identical particles plays an important role in physics. For bosons, such an exchange leaves their quantum state the same, while a single exchange between two fermions gives a minus sign multiplying their wave function. A single exchange between two Abelian anyons gives rise to a phase factor that can be different than 1 or -1, that corresponds to bosons or fermions, respectively. More exotic exchanging character are possible, namely non-Abelian anyons. These particles have their quantum state change more dramatically, when an exchange between them takes place, to a possibly different state." -- Jin-Shi Xu, Kai Sun, Yong-Jian Han, Chuan-Feng Li, Jiannis K. Pachos, Guang-Can Guo
(Read Full Article: "Experimental Simulation of the Exchange of Majorana Zero Modes"
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Saturday, February 25, 2006

Fantastic Realities

Fantastic Realities
ed:
Frank Wilczek
Pub: World Scientific, Singapore
ISBN 981-256-649-X

500pp (approx.)
(to be published soon)

If you love Physics and wish to have a relaxation of mind, here is a book we recommend to you. Frank Wilczek is the charismatic Physics Professor at MIT and recipient of 2004 Nobel Prize. He is known, among other things, for the discovery of asymptotic freedom, the development of quantum chromodynamics, axions, and the discovery and exploitation of new forms of quantum statistics (anyons).

This book consists of 49 pieces, including many from Wilczek’s award-winning 'Reference Frame' columns in 'Physics Today' and some of them are never before published. The articles are gathered by style and subject into a dozen chapters, each with a revealing, witty introduction.

It has everything that can please, amuse and entertain your mind and brain: jokes, some poems, and extracts from wife Betsy Devine’s sparkling chronicle of what it’s like to live through a Nobel Prize. There’s also some history, some philosophy, some exposition of frontier science for your lasting edification -- You know what to expect if you are a regular follower of Frank's 'reference frame' columns.

The book is going to hit the stand soon in the forthcoming spring and we are predicting a big success.

Congratulations Frank ... for thinking of such a wonderful book and finding time to deliver it for our pleasure.


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