Shadowlands

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Nearly 50 years ago it was discovered that the fundamental particles, such as the electron and proton, have 'left-handed' interactions - they do not respect mirror symmetry. This experimental fact motivates the idea that a set of 'mirror particles' exist. The left-handedness of the ordinary particles can then be balanced by the right-handedness of the mirror particles. In this way mirror reflection symmetry can exist but requires something profoundly new. It requires the existence of a completely new form of ...
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Nearly 50 years ago it was discovered that the fundamental particles, such as the electron and proton, have 'left-handed' interactions - they do not respect mirror symmetry. This experimental fact motivates the idea that a set of 'mirror particles' exist. The left-handedness of the ordinary particles can then be balanced by the right-handedness of the mirror particles. In this way mirror reflection symmetry can exist but requires something profoundly new. It requires the existence of a completely new form of matter called 'mirror matter'. Remarkably the mirror matter theory is capable of simply explaining a large number of contemporary puzzles in astrophysics and particle physics. The evidence ranges from observations suggesting that most of the matter in the Universe is invisible, to unexpected properties of ghostly particles called 'neutrinos'. This book explains this fascinating theory and its evidence at a level accessible to the non-specialist.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781581126457
  • Publisher: Universal-Publishers.com
  • Publication date: 2/1/2002
  • Pages: 252
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.57 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 24, 2002

    Shadowlands: Quest for Mirror Matter in the Universe

    Nothing to do with La Paz theory of anti-matter meteorites or Van Flandern's ideas about asteroid origin. Mirror matter is not anti-matter but something completely new. An easy to read book which explains the theory and lots of other things. Dr. Foot seems to have the rare ability of being an outstandingly creative scientist and a superb communicator.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 21, 2002

    Mirror Matter: The Truth is Out There

    Foot's book finally returns to Lincoln La Paz's intriguing theory of antimatter meteorites--it also supports, at least in my own 20-year-long research of the subject, former U.S. Naval Observatory astronomer Thomas Van Flandern's ideas about asteroid origin. While many dogmatic meteorite experts have either ignored or avoided the idea of "contraterrene" matter in our own solar system, Foot's idea bears serious consideration by any deep-thinking researcher, especially in light of some unexplained impact phenomena on Earth that simply does not fit current impact models--i.e., geologically "recent" impact ejecta without accompanying craters; phenomena too often easily explained away as being cometary in origin. The problem of tektite origin may be related although I personally favor a lunar origin for at least some of the tektite strewn fields.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 24, 2002

    Shadowlands: Quest for Mirror Matter in the Universe

    The best science book I have ever read. It completely changed my view of science and scientists and it was very, very entertaining (humorous) as well.

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