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    DescriptionIn this deeply original book, science writer Anil Ananthaswamy sets out in search of the telescopes and detectors that promise to answer the biggest questions in modern cosmology. Why is the universe expanding at an ever faster rate? What is the nature of the "dark matter" that makes up almost a quarter of the universe? Why does the universe appear fine-tuned for life? Are there others besides our own? Ananthaswamy soon finds himself at the ends of the earth--in remote and sometimes dangerous places. Take the Atacama Desert in the Chilean Andes, one of the coldest, driest places on the planet, where not even a blade of grass can survive. Its spectacularly clear skies and dry atmosphere allow astronomers to gather brilliant images of galaxies billions of light-years away. Ananthaswamy takes us inside the European Southern Observatory's Very Large Telescope on Mount Paranal, where four massive domes open to the sky each night "like dragons waking up." He also takes us deep inside an abandoned iron mine in Minnesota, where half-mile-thick rock shields physicists as they hunt for elusive dark matter particles. And to the East Antarctic Ice Sheet, where engineers are drilling 1.5 miles into the clearest ice on the planet. They're building the world's largest neutrino detector, which could finally help reconcile quantum physics with Einstein's theory of general relativity. The stories of the people who work at these and other dramatic research sites--from Lake Baikal in Siberia to the Indian Astronomical Observatory in the Himalayas to the subterranean lair of the Large Hadron Collider--make for a compelling new portrait of the universe and our quest to understand it. An atmospheric, engaging, and illuminating read, "The Edge of Physics" depicts science as a human process, bringing cosmology back down to earth in the most vivid terms.


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    Title
    The Edge of Physics
    Subtitle
    A Journey to Earth's Extremes to Unlock the Secrets of the Universe
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Anil Ananthaswamy
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 322
    Width: 134 mm
    Height: 202 mm
    Thickness: 22 mm
    Weight: 358 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780547394527
    ISBN 10: 0547394527
    Classifications

    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: SCI
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    BIC subject category V2: PH
    LC subject heading:
    DC21: 530
    DC22: 530
    Ingram Subject Code: SE
    Libri: I-SE
    B&T General Subject: 710
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: S7.4
    B&T Approval Code: A52550000
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 26400
    B&T Merchandise Category: POD
    BISAC V2.8: SCI055000, SCI028000
    Abridged Dewey: 530
    LC classification: QC
    BISAC V2.8: SCI004000
    B&T Approval Code: A53200000
    Thema V1.0: PH
    Illustrations note
    black & white illustrations
    Publisher
    Mariner Books
    Imprint name
    Mariner Books
    Publication date
    14 January 2011
    Publication City/Country
    Boston, MA
    Review quote
    "Part history lesson, part travel log, part adventure story, The Edge of Physics is a wonder-steeped page-turner." -- SEED Magazine, 3/2/10 "These experiments and others are heroic in every sense, and Ananthaswamy captures their excitement--and the personalities of the scientists behind them--with enthusiasm and insight." Publishers Weekly, 1/4/10. "Sure to appeal to general readers interested in science books without the philosophy and mathematics found in drier, more academic physics titles." -- Library Journal."Physicists are trying to understand the furthest reaches of space and the furthest extremes of matter and energy. To do it, they have to trek to some of the furthest places on Earth--from deep underground, to forbidding mountains, to the cold of Antarctica. Anil Ananthaswamy takes us on a thrilling ride around the globe and around the cosmos, to reveal the real work that goes into understanding our universe."--Sean Carroll, California Institute of Technology, and author of "From Eternity to Here: The Quest for the Ultimate Theory of Time""An excellent book. The author has a great knack for making difficult subjects comprehensible. I thoroughly enjoyed it."--Sir Patrick Moore, former president of the British Astronomical Society and presenter of the BBC's "The Sky at Night ""Ananthaswamy's juxtaposition of extreme travel and extreme science offers a genuinely novel route into the story of modern cosmology. His tale turns on the price of success: we already know so much about our universe that it becomes hugely difficult--even risky--to pry loose from nature that next burst of insight. The result is a well written and genuinely accessible account of what it takes to push past the edge of human knowledge."--Thomas Levenson, author of "Newton""and the Counterfeiter" and "Einstein in Berlin ""Clean, elegant prose, humming with interest."--Robert MacFarlane, author of "Mountains of the Mind" and "The Wild Places " "The Edge of Physics...is, qu