International Press Bookstore Makes Technical Literature Accessible for ResearchersWhile the average person may be able to go out to a bookstore and look for books on particle physics, it is not very likely that the average town bookstore would possess the references and information necessary to explain the deep physics and years of theoretical understanding required to understand or contribute to the journals published by the International Press, such as the Mathematical Research Letters.
This is why university-level and professional mathematicians and physicists generally skip the bookstore when it comes to finding the right information and most relevant and recent research for their highly specialized fields within the already specialized fields of particle and theoretical physics. They join forces with authors of various research projects published within the Mathematical Research Letters, and utilize the bookstore feature offered by the International Press, which caters to the almost radically technical needs of this group of theorists. Just as a physician is not likely to find medical text suitable and detailed enough for the purpose of performing surgery in their local bookstore, and thus have their own specialized portals for information, physicists subscribe to the published, collected works purely necessary for their works.
For average people, however, enough can be understood via general internet applications to get them started on the road to deeper physics. Simpler explanations of complicated precepts such as String Theory and the Higgs-Boson theory allow them to stick their toes into the metaphorical water of highly technical physics without a professional math degree. Many people find themselves inspired to study physics after enjoying a science fiction film, and want to know if what amazing feats of nature they viewed were actually possible. Interestingly enough, the widely popular series, Star Trek, seldom breaks any rules of physics, though the amazing feats of speed and inter-dimensional travel are not yet available to us given our current technology. However, if one considers the simple application of the theory of relativity, it is therefore possible for an object to bend spacetime, just as seen when fictional spaceships go into “hyperdrive”.
While we are still a long time away from being able to create any spaceship that travels at the speed of light, or understand how to create a force that can effectively bend spacetime, we are able to at least begin to understand these things in part, and that is the first step in this journey of a thousand miles...or lightyears.