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Neutrino Hunters free pdf 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.

About Ray Jayawardhana

Ray Jayawardhana is the dean of science and a professor of physics and astronomy at York University in Canada. His writing has appeared in "The New York Times," "The Economist," "Scientific American," and elsewhere. A 2014 Guggenheim Fellow and the author of "Strange New Worlds," he lives in Toronto.

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Author : Ray Jayawardhana
Publisher : Farrar, Straus
Data Published : 27 January 2015
ISBN : 0374535213
EAN : 9780374535216
Format Book : PDF, Epub, DOCx, TXT
Number of Pages : 256 pages
Age + : 15 years
Language : English
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