Neutrino Hunters: The Thrilling Chase For A Ghostly Particle To U by Ray JayawardhanaNeutrino Hunters: The Thrilling Chase For A Ghostly Particle To U by Ray Jayawardhana

Neutrino Hunters: The Thrilling Chase For A Ghostly Particle To U

byRay Jayawardhana

Paperback | November 25, 2014

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The incredibly small bits of matter we call neutrinos may hold the secret to why antimatter is so rare, how mighty stars explode as supernovas and what the universe was like just seconds after the big bang. They even illuminate the inner workings of our own planet. For more than eighty years, adventurous minds from around the world have been chasing these ghostly particles, trillions of which pass through our bodies every second. Extremely elusive and difficult to pin down, neutrinos are not unlike the brilliant and eccentric scientists who doggedly pursue them.

Ray Jayawardhana recounts in Neutrino Hunters a captivating saga of scientific discovery and celebrates a glorious human quest, revealing why the next decade of neutrino hunting could redefine how we think about physics, cosmology and our lives on Earth.

RAY JAYAWARDHANA is a professor at the University of Toronto, where he also serves as Canada Research Chair in observational astrophysics.His writing has appeared inThe New York Times,The EconomistandScientific American, among other publications. The recipient of the 2003 Science Writing Award for a Scientist from the American Institut...
Title:Neutrino Hunters: The Thrilling Chase For A Ghostly Particle To UFormat:PaperbackDimensions:256 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 1 inPublished:November 25, 2014Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1443414271

ISBN - 13:9781443414272


Rated 5 out of 5 by from An Exciting Story from Beginning to End From its suspected existence as theoretically proposed by Wolfgang Pauli as a “desperate remedy” to preserve the law of conservation of energy to ground-breaking research that is currently being conducted, the author recounts the amazing story of the most ghostly of particles known to science: the neutrino. Along the way, the reader is given a brief overview of the early development of nuclear physics as well as mini-biographical snippets of many of the often-colorful individuals that have been involved over the decades. Also, the reader is treated to how the neutrino’s properties were eventually teased out through theory, observations, e.g., the solar neutrino problem, the insight of brilliant theorists and the ingenuity of gifted experimentalists. Finally, the surprisingly many fields in which the neutrino figures prominently are also explored. The author’s prose is at once friendly, lively, fast-paced, clear, captivating and widely accessible. The book even includes a glossary that is sure to help the less-informed readers. As an avid science enthusiast, I was already very familiar with several parts of the story described here. However, the book contains much information that I was not aware of, such as some of the different neutrino detection techniques and especially the recently-suggested practical uses for neutrinos. Because of the lack of unexplained jargon, I believe that this is book can be enjoyed any interested individuals no matter what their background.
Date published: 2014-02-19

Editorial Reviews

""Move over, Neil deGrasse Tyson and Brian Greene! Ray Jayawardhana is the new dean of popular science—a working scientist who can explain even the most complex matters in a clear and entertaining way."" —Robert Sawyer""We are lucky to have Dr. Jayawardhana—a first-rate storyteller who also knows the physics inside and out—to guide us through the science and the personalities behind this remarkable story."" —Dan Falk, author of In Search of Time""Ray Jayawardhana tells a whopping good ghost story . . . Beautifully written, Neutrino Hunters paints a vivid portrait of this new astronomy for the 21st century and the fascinating scientists who put it into place."" —Marcia Bartusiask, author of The Day We Found the Universe""Neutrino Hunters is a fascinating, comprehensive look at the monumental efforts to detect the least understood particle known to physics. While the Higgs boson might be more famous, Ray Jayawardhana reveals that neutrinos are far more mysterious, and may hold the key to the next breakthroughs in the field."" —Chad Orzel, author of How to Teach Physics to Your Dog