Antimatter

Paperback | February 7, 2010

byFrank Close

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Antimatter explores a strange mirror world, where particles have identical yet opposite properties to those that make up the familiar matter we encounter everyday; where left becomes right, positive becomes negative; and where, should matter and antimatter meet, the two annihilate in ablinding flash of energy that makes even thermonuclear explosions look feeble by comparison. It is an idea long beloved of science-fiction stories - but here, renowned science writer Frank Close shows that the reality of antimatter is even more fascinating than the fiction itself. We know that once, antimatter and matter existed in perfect counterbalance, and that antimatter then perpetrated a vanishing act on a cosmic scale that remains one of the greatest mysteries of the universe. Today, antimatter does not exist normally, at least on Earth, but we know that it is real forscientists are now able to make small pieces of it in particle accelerators, such as that at CERN in Geneva. Looking at the remarkable prediction of antimatter and how it grew from the meeting point of relativity and quantum theory in the early 20th century, at the discovery of the first antiparticles, at cosmic rays, annihilation, antimatter bombs, and antiworlds, Close separates the facts from thefiction about antimatter, and explains how its existence can give us profound clues about the origins and structure of the universe.

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Antimatter explores a strange mirror world, where particles have identical yet opposite properties to those that make up the familiar matter we encounter everyday; where left becomes right, positive becomes negative; and where, should matter and antimatter meet, the two annihilate in ablinding flash of energy that makes even thermonucl...

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, Head of the Theoretical Physics Division at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, and Head of Communications and Public Education at CERN. He is the author o...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:176 pages, 7.72 × 5.08 × 0.04 inPublished:February 7, 2010Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199578877

ISBN - 13:9780199578870

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Foreword: 'Genesis'1. Antimatter: fact or fiction?2. The material world3. Tablets of stone4. A cosmic discovery5. Annihilation6. Storing antimatter7. Why is there anything at all?8. Through the looking glass9. Antiworlds10. RevelationsAppendix: 'The Dirac Code'

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"This is a must read for fans of science and science fiction alike." --Dr John Gribbin, www.bbcfocusmagazine.com 01.02.09