Neutrino Hunters

Neutrino Hunters

The Thrilling Chase for A Ghostly Particle to Unlock the Secrets of the Universe

Book - 2013
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Canada’s renowned astronomer hunts for the universe’smost elusive particle

Every second of every day and night, many trillions of neutrinospass through your body. But most people had never heard of them until they made headlines recently for possibly travelling faster than light. Luckily, these ghostly particlescelebrated in a delightful John Updike poem and (falsely) blamed for heating the Earth’s core in the Hollywood disaster movie 2012do no harm and leave no trace. They are so difficult to pin down that scientists must use Olympic-sizepools of cleaning fluid deep underground and kilometre-thick sheets of Antarctic ice to catch just a handful. Yet the shadowy neutrinos hold the key to unlocking some of the biggest mysteries of the universe: What was the universe like seconds after the Big Bang? Why is anti-matter so rare? What triggers exploding stars?

The renowned astrophysicist and award-winning science writer Ray Jayawardhana tells us that neutrino research is now entering a brave new era and explains why these pathologically shy particles may spark a revolution in physics. Equally fascinating is the thrilling detective story of neutrino hunters, the scientists we meet on this exciting quest.

Publisher: Toronto : HarperCollins Canada, [2013]
Edition: First Canadian edition
Copyright Date: ©2013
ISBN: 9781443414265
Branch Call Number: 539.7215 Jay
Characteristics: 245 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm


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Ivan W. Taylor
Nov 06, 2014

This is a very good science read. There are many memorable characters and good stories about the discoveries and the science.

Oct 15, 2014

A well written, easy to read look at the personalities and their insight and research into discovering neutrinos and their natures and what it can mean for our future knowledge. Definitely worth reading if you are interested in the subject.

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