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    DescriptionAntimatter 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 a blinding 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 for scientists 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 the fiction about antimatter, and explains how its existence can give us profound clues about the origins and structure of the universe.

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    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Frank Close
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 176
    Width: 127 mm
    Height: 193 mm
    Thickness: 13 mm
    Weight: 181 g
    ISBN 13: 9780199578870
    ISBN 10: 0199578877

    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T8.0
    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: SCP
    BIC subject category V2: PDZ
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    DC22: 530
    BIC subject category V2: PHQ
    Ingram Subject Code: SE
    B&T General Subject: 710
    BISAC V2.8: SCI051000, SCI055000
    Abridged Dewey: 530
    B&T Merchandise Category: UP
    BIC subject category V2: PHP
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 16470
    B&T Approval Code: A53010200
    LC subject heading: ,
    LC classification: QC173 .C52 2009
    Thema V1.0: PDZ, PHP, PHQ
    Illustrations note
    10 b&w line drawings
    Oxford University Press
    Imprint name
    Oxford University Press
    Publication date
    04 March 2010
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    Author Information
    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 of several books, including The Void (OUP, 2007) and the best-selling Lucifer's Legacy (OUP, 2000). He was the winner of the Kelvin Medal of the Institute of Physics for his 'outstanding contributions to the public understanding of physics'. His other books include Particle Physics: A Very Short Introduction (2004), The Cosmic Onion (1983), The Particle Explosion (1987), End (1988), Too Hot to Handle - the race for cold fusion (1991), and The Particle Odyssey (OUP, 2002). In 2013 Professor Close was awarded the Royal Society Michael Faraday Prize for communicating science.
    Review quote
    To miss out on books like this is to miss out on a grasp of the astounding nature of the universe, Nicholas Lezard, The Guardian This compact book is a wonderful source of information on antimatter and offers us a meticulously researched account of the nature, properties and applications of the often overlooked entities in the fantastic antiworld around us. Chemistry World
    Table of contents
    Foreword: 'Genesis' ; 1. Antimatter: fact or fiction? ; 2. The material world ; 3. Tablets of stone ; 4. A cosmic discovery ; 5. Annihilation ; 6. Storing antimatter ; 7. The mirror universe ; 8. Why is there anything at all ; 9. Revelation ; Appendix: The Cost of Antimatter ; Appendix: 'The Dirac Code'