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Antimatter
     

Antimatter

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by Frank Close
 

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Of all the mind-bending discoveries of physics--quarks, black holes, strange attractors, curved space--the existence of antimatter is one of the most bizarre. It is also one of the most difficult, literally and figuratively, to grasp.

Antimatter explores this strange mirror world, where particles have identical yet opposite properties to those that

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Of all the mind-bending discoveries of physics--quarks, black holes, strange attractors, curved space--the existence of antimatter is one of the most bizarre. It is also one of the most difficult, literally and figuratively, to grasp.

Antimatter explores this strange mirror world, where particles have identical yet opposite properties to those that make up the familiar matter we encounter everyday, where left becomes right, positive becomes negative, and where--should matter and antimatter meet--the resulting flash of blinding energy would make even thermonuclear explosions look feeble by comparison. Antimatter is an idea long beloved of science-fiction writers--but here, renowned science writer Frank Close shows that the reality of antimatter is even more intriguing than the fiction. We know that at one time antimatter and matter existed in perfect counterbalance, and that antimatter then perpetrated a vanishing act on a cosmic scale that remains one of the great mysteries of the universe

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"A fascinating read on an exotic subject... Highly recommended." --CHOICE

"For all those wishing to take a closer look at the flip side of the visible world, this lucidly written book shines a bright light into a truly strange realm." --Lunar and Planetary Information Bulletin

"The concept of antimatter is still strange, but it's far less opaque after a read through Oxford physicist Frank Close's compact, surprisingly unintimidating book."
--Seed

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780191563966
Publisher:
OUP Oxford
Publication date:
01/22/2009
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Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
775,848
File size:
814 KB

Meet the Author

Frank Close, OBE, is Professor of Physics at Oxford University and a Fellow of Exeter College. He was formerly vice president of the British Association for Advancement of Science and Head of the Theoretical Physics Division at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory. He is the author of several books, including the best-selling Lucifer's Legacy, and the winner of the Kelvin Medal of the Institute of Physics for his "outstanding contributions to the public understanding of physics."

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Antimatter 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
FaceMan More than 1 year ago
Mr. Close writes a good book about anti-matter/physics, which talks about sub-atomic particles and atoms and so forth. It is interesting, but I found other books more compelling, such as the ones appended to this page. Although I do not have much to say about it, the book is a good little read and does not weigh down one with scientific terminology. It is a good start to reading more dense books on this subject matter. I highly recommend Michio Kaku's book, great and fun read; and Susskind's book about his contentious relationship with Mr. Hawking is interesting and a good read as well.
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