Antimatter [NOOK Book]

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"Beyond the comfortable, familiar world of matter lies a looking-glass world: the world of antimatter. Antimatter consists of particles that are mirror images of those of matter. And should a particle of antimatter meet its matter counterpart, both are annihilated in a spectacular burst of energy." "Science fiction? No, science fact. Long a topic for science fiction writers, antimatter is real. As Frank Close shows in this account, the extraordinary idea of mirror particles to matter was proposed by the physicist Paul Dirac. His elegant theory
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Overview

"Beyond the comfortable, familiar world of matter lies a looking-glass world: the world of antimatter. Antimatter consists of particles that are mirror images of those of matter. And should a particle of antimatter meet its matter counterpart, both are annihilated in a spectacular burst of energy." "Science fiction? No, science fact. Long a topic for science fiction writers, antimatter is real. As Frank Close shows in this account, the extraordinary idea of mirror particles to matter was proposed by the physicist Paul Dirac. His elegant theory predicted the existence of anti-electrons, or positrons. And sure enough, they were found, on Earth as well as in space. Particles of antimatter are found among the cosmic rays that rain down on the Earth's upper atmosphere. On Earth, antimatter particles are produced in some forms of radioactivity. Scientists produce antimatter in high-energy particle accelerators, and at CERN in Geneva, they have even created atoms of anti-hydrogen." Some have speculated that the dazzling explosion in Tunguska, Siberia in 1908, which flattened and charred trees over a wide area and melted metal, was caused by a lump of antimatter from space annihilating in the atmosphere. Rumour has it that the US military is secretly working on an antimatter bomb - inconceivably more powerful than any nuclear weapon today.
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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

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780191563966
  • Publisher: NetLibrary, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/22/2009
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 672,448
  • File size: 790 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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Table of Contents

1 Antimatter: Fact or Fiction? 1

2 The Material World 15

3 Tablets of Stone 32

4 A Cosmic Discovery 49

5 Annihilation 64

6 Storing Antimatter 80

7 The Mirror Universe 101

8 Why Is There Anything at All? 113

9 Revelations 128

Appendix 1 The Cost of Antimatter 149

Appendix 2 'The Dirac Code' 152

Endnotes 158

Bibliography 160

Index 161

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    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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