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The search for infinity : solving the mysteries of the Universe

Author: Gordon Fraser; Egil Lillestøl; Inge Sellevåg
Publisher: London : Philip's, 1998.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : Rev. edView all editions and formats
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Tells the story of two very different voyages of discovery to solve the mysteries of the universe - looking out into space through the world's most powerful telescopes and looking into the heart of  Read more...

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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Gordon Fraser; Egil Lillestøl; Inge Sellevåg
ISBN: 0540075779 9780540075775
OCLC Number: 40299804
Notes: Previous edition: London : Mitchell Beazley, 1994.
Includes index.
Description: 144 pages : illustrations (some color), portraits (some color) ; 29 cm
Contents: Exploration of matter. Worlds, big and small: powers of ten. Greek revolution: Greek philosophy and the atom. Atoms with God on their side: the beginnings of modern science. Particles or waves?: two rival-theories of light. Confusion in chemistry: periodicity of the chemical elements. Waves across the ether: the theory of electromagnetism. Dawn of particle physics. All-revealing radiation: the discovery of x-rays. Opening a new window: the Curies and radioactivity. First subatomic particle: discovery of the electron. Is light schizophrenic?: the quantum revolution. Nuclear atom: discovery of the atomic nucleus. Quantum jump: Bohr's model of the atom. Fuzzy world of uncertainty: the quantum mechanical picture. Smashing the atom: unravelling the nucleus. Hidden forces in the nucleus: protons, neutrons and binding energy. Into the world of quarks. Something in the air: cosmic rays. Mirror images of our world: antimatter and positrons. Much ado about almost nothing: the ghostly neutrino. Nuclear binding glue: the strong and week nuclear forces. The physicist's merry-go-round: the accelerator revolution. Enter the muon: a surfeit of particles. Strange family of geriatrics: particles with strangeness. First big machines: synchrotrons and the Cold War. Second ghost: discovery of the muon-neutrino. Adventures in quarkland: proposals for a new layer of matter. Hunting of the quark: probing inside the proton. Unification of forces. Einstein's last dream: the grand unified theory. Symmetry points the way: the electroweak unification. Gargamelle's ghost: the neutral current. Charm school for quarks: discovery of the charm quark. Life imprisonment: the colour force between quarks. Glimpse of creation: spotting the weak force carriers. Standard model: families of elementary particles. Particle physics today. Z factory: LEP synchrotron. Taking the lid off LEP: the large positron collider. Art of seeing the invisible: particle detectors. Grand unification: proton decay and supersymmetry. Supercooled supercolliders: the next generation of accelerators. Everything with strings attached?: superstring theories. Understanding the universe. From chaos to cosmos: relating ourselves to the universe. Through the telescope: earth is not the hub of the universe. One galaxy among many: the expanding universe. A day without a yesterday: pointing back in time. In with a bang: accepting the big bang. A very special bang: getting the initial conditions right. The biggest explosion ever: the big bang. Exploring the Universe. Star-spangled backdrop: nuclear physics helps explain the stars. From ashes to dust: old star make new matter. Stellar lighthouses: neutron stars and pulsars. Dawn of neutrino astronomy: particles from supernovae. Cosmic accelerators: the sources of cosmic rays. Ultimate collapse: enter the black hole. Black-hole power: quantum effects in the cosmos. Big new eye in the sky: Hubble space telescope. Ultra-violent sky: the Universe in a different light. Celestial mystery bursts: the gamma ray enigma. Universe today. Patterns of infinity: the largest structures of all. Blazing embers: active galaxies. Dark side of matter: the missing Universe. Machos and brown dwarfs: first signs of dark matter? Cosmology goes into space: the COBE satellite. Seeds of the Universe: ripples from the beginning of time. How old is the Universe?: measuring how space expands. The ultimate quiz game: physics and metaphysics.
Responsibility: Gordon Fraser, Egil Lillestøl, Inge Sellevåg ; introduction by Stephen Hawking.

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