Lucifer's Legacy: The Meaning of Asymmetry

Lucifer's Legacy: The Meaning of Asymmetry

by Frank Close


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Lucifer's Legacy: The Meaning of Asymmetry by Frank Close

"This is Frank Close's masterpiece — his best book, and one of the very best introductions to physics for the layperson. Close is a master expositor." — The (London) Sunday Times
"Close's writing is beguiling, mingling personal and historical anecdote with carefully measured doses of exposition in such a way as to guide the reader painlessly into rather deep intellectual waters." — Nature
"Life, intrinsically related to asymmetries, is the theme of this book, and Close offers us an absorbing and scientifically correct account of symmetry and its deep implications." — CERN Courier
This thought-provoking work by a physicist and popular science writer explores the origins of asymmetry from the molecular level to that of the universe at large. Frank Close takes readers on a tour of asymmetry that ranges from the development of human embryos to the mysterious Higgs boson, or "God particle," and ongoing research at Switzerland's CERN laboratory.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780486491677
Publisher: Dover Publications
Publication date: 12/15/2013
Edition description: Revised
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 1,213,935
Product dimensions: 4.90(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Frank Close is Head of Theoretical Physics Division at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory and is a Visiting Professor at the University of Birmingham. He was Head of Communications and Public Education at CERN, the European Laboratory for Particle Physics, from 1997-2000. He has been a Fellow of the Institute of Physics since 1991, and was awarded the Kelvin Medal in 1996. He also lectured at the Royal Institution Christmas Lectures in 1993.

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