Particle Physics: a Very Short Introduction: A Very Short Introduction

Particle Physics: a Very Short Introduction: A Very Short Introduction

Paperback Very Short Introductions

By (author) Frank Close

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  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Format: Paperback | 160 pages
  • Dimensions: 118mm x 174mm x 14mm | 80g
  • Publication date: 29 July 2004
  • Publication City/Country: Oxford
  • ISBN 10: 0192804340
  • ISBN 13: 9780192804341
  • Illustrations note: numerous line drawings and halftones
  • Sales rank: 34,398

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In this compelling introduction to the fundamental particles that make up the universe, Frank Close takes us on a journey into the atom to examine known particles such as quarks, electrons, and the ghostly neutrino. Along the way he provides fascinating insights into how discoveries in particle physics have actually been made, and discusses how our picture of the world has been radically revised in the light of these developments. He concludes by looking ahead to new ideas about the mystery of antimatter, the number of dimensions that there might be in the universe, and to what the next 50 years of research might reveal. ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.

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Author information

Frank Close is Professor of Physics at Oxford University and a Fellow of Exeter College. He was formerly the 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 best-selling Lucifer's Legacy (OUP, 2000), and 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 The Cosmic Onion (1983), The Particle Explosion (1987), End (1988), Too Hot to Handle (1991), and The Particle Odyssey (OUP, 2002). In 2013 Professor Close was awarded the Royal Society Michael Faraday Prize for communicating science.

Table of contents

1. Journey to the centre of the universe ; 2. How big and small are big and small ; 3. How we learn what things are made of and what we found ; 4. The heart of the matter ; 5. Accelerators: cosmic and man-made ; 6. Detectors: cameras and time machines ; 7. The forces of nature ; 8. Exotic matter (and antimatter) ; 9. Where has matter come from? ; 10. Questions for the 21st Century