Skip to content

Edge of Physics A Journey to Earth's Extremes to Unlock the Secrets of the Universe

Spend $50 to get a free DVD!

ISBN-10: 0618884688

ISBN-13: 9780618884681

Edition: 2010

Authors: Anil Ananthaswamy

List price: $34.50
Blue ribbon 30 day, 100% satisfaction guarantee!
what's this?
Rush Rewards U
Members Receive:
Carrot Coin icon
XP icon
You have reached 400 XP and carrot coins. That is the daily max!

Description:

We know that physics is in crisis, with progress exceptionally slow and speculative theories going unproven. But what will finally break this logjam and get physics back on track? Anil Ananthaswamy wanted to answer this question, so he set off in search of physics' most audacious experiments--the telescopes and detectors that promise to shed new light on things like dark matter, dark energy, and quantum gravity (the phenomenon that string theory tries to explain). He soon found himself at the edge of the earth--in cold and remote and sometimes dangerous places. As it turns out, extreme physics requires extreme environments. Reporting back from some of the most inhospitable and dramatic research sites on our planet--from the Atacama Desert in Chile, to the Indian Observatory in the Himalayas, to the Ross Ice Shelf in Antarctica to deep within an abandoned iron mine in Minnesota--Ananthaswamy weaves together stories about the people and places at the heart of this research, while beautifully explaining the problems that scientists are trying to solve. In so doing, he provides a unique 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 and, in a very real sense, brings cosmology--with all its rarefied concepts--back down to earth.
Customers also bought

Book details

List price: $34.50
Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Trade & Reference Publishers
Publication date: 3/2/2010
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 336
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.144
Language: English

ANIL ANANTHASWAMY is a consulting editor forNew Scientistin London, where he has also worked as a deputy news editor. Henbsp;alsonbsp;contributes toNational Geographic News.

List of Illustrations
Author's Note
Prologue
Monks and Astronomers
The Experiment That Detects Nothing
Little Neutral Ones
The Paranal Light Quartet
Fire, Rock, and Ice
Three Thousand Eyes in the Karoo
Antimatter over Antarctica
Einstein Meets Quantum Physics at the South Pole
The Heart of the Matter
Whispers from Other Universes
Epilogue
The Standard Model of Particle Physics
From the Big Bang to Now: The Standard Model of Cosmology
Notes
Bibliography
Acknowledgments
Index