Behind the Scenes of the Universe: From the Higgs to Dark Matter

Hardcover | October 23, 2013

byGianfranco Bertone

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An extraordinary discovery has recently shaken the foundations of Cosmology and Particle Physics, sparking a scientific revolution that has profoundly modified our understanding of our Universe and that is still far from over. Pioneering astronomers in the 1920s and 1930s had already noticedsuspicious anomalies in the motion of celestial bodies in distant galaxies and clusters of galaxies, but it wasn't until the late 20th century that the scientific community was confronted with an astonishing conclusion: the Universe is filled with an unknown, elusive substance that is fundamentallydifferent from anything we have ever seen with our telescopes or measured in our laboratories. It is called dark matter, and it constitutes one of the most pressing challenges of modern science. In this book, aimed at the general reader with an interest in science, the author illustrates in non-technical terms, borrowing concepts and ideas from other branches of art and literature, the far-reaching implications of this discovery. It has led to a worldwide race to identify the nature of thismysterious form of matter. We may be about to witness a pivotal paradigm shift in Physics, as we set out to test the existence of dark matter particles with a wide array of experiments, including the Large Hadron Collider at CERN, as well as with a new generation of Astroparticle experimentsunderground and in space.

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An extraordinary discovery has recently shaken the foundations of Cosmology and Particle Physics, sparking a scientific revolution that has profoundly modified our understanding of our Universe and that is still far from over. Pioneering astronomers in the 1920s and 1930s had already noticedsuspicious anomalies in the motion of celesti...

Gianfranco Bertone is an Associate Professor at the University of Amsterdam, where he investigates topics at the interface between Particle Physics and Cosmology. After a PhD at the University of Oxford and the Institute of Astrophysics in Paris, he has held teaching and research positions at the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory,...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:176 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.01 inPublished:October 23, 2013Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199683085

ISBN - 13:9780199683086

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Table of Contents

1. A Dark Mystery2. Lurking in the Dark3. Monsters4. The Cosmic Show5. Swiss Dark Matter Factory6. Underground Mines, with a View7. Signals from the Sky8. The Road Ahead

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"Understanding the nature of the Universe is one of the most challenging tasks facing mankind, but in this book Gianfranco Bertone tackles the questions posed in a manner totally accessible to all with an interest in the area, from the layperson to the professional scientist. The reader istaken on an exciting journey through astronomy, particle astrophysics and cosmology. A book not to be missed!" --James Hough, Institute for Gravitational Research, University of Glasgow