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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- Paperback | 176 pages
- 129 x 196 x 13mm | 168g
- 25 Dec 2018
- Oxford University Press
- Oxford, United Kingdom
- 2nd Revised edition
- 10 line drawings and halftones
Other books in this series
01 Dec 2009
Table of contents
1: Antimatter: Fact or Fiction?
2: The Material World
3: Tablets of Stone
4: A Cosmic Discovery
6: Storing Antimatter
7: The Mirror Universe
8: Why is There Anything at All?
Appendix: The Cost of Antimatter
Appendix: 'The Dirac Code'
About Frank Close
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 Neutrino (OUP, 2011), Eclipse: Journeys to the Dark Side of the Moon (OUP, 2017), and OUP Very Short
Introductions to Nuclear Physics (2015), Particle Physics (2004), and Nothing (2009) In 2013, Professor Close was awarded the Royal Society Michael Faraday Prize for communicating science.