Neutrino Hunters: The Thrilling Chase for a Ghostly Particle to Unlock the Secrets of the Universe

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For more than eighty years, brilliant and eccentric scientists around the world have been searching for the incredibly small bits of matter we call neutrinos. Trillions of these ghostly particles pass through our bodies every second, but they are so pathologically shy that neutrino hunters have to use Olympic-size pools deep underground and a gigantic cube of Antarctic ice to catch just a handful. Neutrinos may hold the secrets to the nature of antimatter and what the universe was like just seconds after the big bang, but they are extremely elusive and difficult to pin down - much like the adventurous scientists who doggedly pursue them. In Neutrino Hunters, the renowned astrophysicist and award-winning author Ray Jayawardhana takes us on a thrilling journey into the shadowy world of neutrinos and the colourful lives of those who chase them. Demystifying particle science along the way, he tells a detective story with cosmic implications-interweaving the tales of the irascible Casanova Wolfgang Pauli; the troubled genius Ettore Majorana, who disappeared without a trace; and Bruno Pontecorvo, whose defection to the Soviet Union caused a Cold War ruckus. Ultimately, Jayawardhana reveals just how significant these fast-moving particles are to the world we live in, and why the next decade of neutrino hunting will redefine how we think about physics, cosmology, and our lives on Earth.

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Descrizione libro Scientific American / Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2015. Condizione libro: New. Brand New, Unread Copy in Perfect Condition. A+ Customer Service! Summary: "In this concise history, non-experts get a fascinating glimpse inside the labs and through the telescopes of the scientists whose research on neutrinos has shattered some of the prevailing theories in cosmology, physics, and even geology . . . Jayawardhana's enthusiasm for his subject is infectious . . . The reader comes away grasping, if not the full extent of astrophysics, then at least some of what makes it cool." Jennifer Latson, The Boston Globe "An intriguing story, deftly told. with commendable brevity and clarity. comprehensive without being overburdened with detail or weighed down with too much theory. the books' neat pen portraits of the men and women who tracked down the poltergeist particle give it added depth. Think of this as a great ghost story and a thumping good piece of science writing rolled into one." The Guardian (UK) "Jayawardhana's storytelling skill shines." Ernie Mastroianni, Discover Magazine "[A] spry and readable primer . . . Jayawardhana likes to go big, and this time he does so by going extremely small, into the weird realm of subatomic particles." Los Angeles Times "[Ray Jayawardhana] approachably and accessibly explains the search for the 'pathologically shy'elementary particles that zip through the universe without so much as an electric charge." Harvard Magazine "[ Neutrino Hunters ] includes a fascinating account of the disputes between the theorists and experimentalists in this epic scientific adventure story." Kirkus Reviews "With clarity and wry humor, Jayawardhana relates how Wolfgang Pauli 'invented' the neutrino to explain where missing energy went during beta decay . . . From deep underground in South Dakota's Homestake Gold Mine to Antarctica's IceCube, currently the world's largest neutrino detector, Jayawardhana vividly illuminates both the particle that has 'baffled and surprised' scientists, and the researchers who hunt it." Publishers Weekly "A tale of revolutionary science and of the colorful personalities of those who did itmust-reading for armchair physicists!" Booklist "Everything about neutrinos is fascinating. The various dramas associated with their discovery, our efforts to understand their very weird properties, and what they have taught us about fundamental physics are remarkable. Jayawardhana is the perfect person to convey these exciting stories, and Neutrino Hunters should be of broad interest." Lawrence M. Krauss, theoretical physicist and bestselling author of The Physics of Star Trek and A Universe from Nothing " Neutrino Hunters is a riveting mix of science and biography, providing both entertainment and painlessly assimilated information. Jayawardhana makes clear that the story is just beginning, as neutrino astronomy is starting to provide new insights into the nature of the universe. Fascinating." John Gribbin, author of In Search of Schrdinger's Cat "With his typical blend of scientific insight and storytelling verve, Jayawardhana vividly, colorfully, and humorously captures the often offbeat characters who, over the past century, have pursued one of the most elusiveand significantmysteries in the history of physics." Richard Panek, author of The 4% Universe "From the Earth's core to exploding stars, vanishing scientists, and the very essence of matter in the universe, Neutrino Hunters is a wild and immensely satisfying ride." Caleb Scharf, author of Gravity's Engines "Move over, Neil deGrasse Tyson and Brian Greene! Ray Jayawardhana is the new dean of popular science. Neutrino Hunters is a wonderful read from start to finish." Robert J. Sawyer, Hugo Awardwinning author of Red Planet Blues "This is science from the front lines. But it's not just science: Neutrino Hunters also illuminates the thinkers and tinkerers who have made the quest for the neutrino their life's work. We are lucky to have Jayawardhanaa first-rate storyteller who also knows the physics inside outto guide us throug. Codice libro della libreria ABE_book_new_0374535213

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Descrizione libro Farrar, Straus Giroux Inc, United States, 2015. Paperback. Condizione libro: New. 208 x 137 mm. Language: English . Brand New Book. For more than eighty years, brilliant and eccentric scientists around the world have been searching for the incredibly small bits of matter we call neutrinos. Trillions of these ghostly particles pass through our bodies every second, but they are so pathologically shy that neutrino hunters have to use Olympic-size pools deep underground and a gigantic cube of Antarctic ice to catch just a handful. Neutrinos may hold the secrets to the nature of antimatter and what the universe was like just seconds after the big bang, but they are extremely elusive and difficult to pin down - much like the adventurous scientists who doggedly pursue them. In Neutrino Hunters, the renowned astrophysicist and award-winning author Ray Jayawardhana takes us on a thrilling journey into the shadowy world of neutrinos and the colourful lives of those who chase them. Demystifying particle science along the way, he tells a detective story with cosmic implications-interweaving the tales of the irascible Casanova Wolfgang Pauli; the troubled genius Ettore Majorana, who disappeared without a trace; and Bruno Pontecorvo, whose defection to the Soviet Union caused a Cold War ruckus. Ultimately, Jayawardhana reveals just how significant these fast-moving particles are to the world we live in, and why the next decade of neutrino hunting will redefine how we think about physics, cosmology, and our lives on Earth. Codice libro della libreria AAS9780374535216

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Descrizione libro Farrar, Straus Giroux Inc, United States, 2015. Paperback. Condizione libro: New. 208 x 137 mm. Language: English . Brand New Book. For more than eighty years, brilliant and eccentric scientists around the world have been searching for the incredibly small bits of matter we call neutrinos. Trillions of these ghostly particles pass through our bodies every second, but they are so pathologically shy that neutrino hunters have to use Olympic-size pools deep underground and a gigantic cube of Antarctic ice to catch just a handful. Neutrinos may hold the secrets to the nature of antimatter and what the universe was like just seconds after the big bang, but they are extremely elusive and difficult to pin down - much like the adventurous scientists who doggedly pursue them. In Neutrino Hunters, the renowned astrophysicist and award-winning author Ray Jayawardhana takes us on a thrilling journey into the shadowy world of neutrinos and the colourful lives of those who chase them. Demystifying particle science along the way, he tells a detective story with cosmic implications-interweaving the tales of the irascible Casanova Wolfgang Pauli; the troubled genius Ettore Majorana, who disappeared without a trace; and Bruno Pontecorvo, whose defection to the Soviet Union caused a Cold War ruckus. Ultimately, Jayawardhana reveals just how significant these fast-moving particles are to the world we live in, and why the next decade of neutrino hunting will redefine how we think about physics, cosmology, and our lives on Earth. Codice libro della libreria AAS9780374535216

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Descrizione libro Condizione libro: New. Publisher/Verlag: Macmillan US | The Thrilling Chase for a Ghostly Particle to Unlock the Secrets of the Universe | The incredibly small bits of matter we call neutrinos may hold the secret to why antimatter is so rare, how mighty stars explode as supernovae, what the universe was like just seconds after the big bang, and even the inner workings of our own planet. In Neutrino Hunters we are on a thrilling journey into the shadowy world of neutrinos and the colorful lives of those who seek them. | Format: Paperback | Language/Sprache: english | 223 gr | 209x138x18 mm | 256 pp. Codice libro della libreria K9780374535216

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