- Hardcover: 260 pages
- Publisher: Oxford University Press (September 19, 2002)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0198504861
- ISBN-13: 978-0198504863
- Product Dimensions: 11.8 x 0.8 x 8.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.8 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 14 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #853,185 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Particle Odyssey: A Journey to the Heart of Matter
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Incorporating much new material, this revised version of the authors' The Particle Explosion (1987) details the history of particle physics, expounds the "state of the art" as it now stands, and points to some of the unanswered questions that are now beginning to be addressed. Both Close and Christine Sutton are professional physicists at Oxford University, and Michael Marten is a science photographer and journalist. Their well-written text succeeds in explaining complex scientific concepts for lay readers without oversimplifying them or patronizing the audience. The color illustrations are dazzlingly attractive and complement the text. Captions on the bubble chamber photos are a great help in unraveling the particle interactions shown. This superb explication of fundamental physical science is highly recommended for academic and public libraries.
Jack W. Weigel, Ann Arbor, MI
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc.
`A brilliant inside view of the frontiers of modern physics and cosmology and the quest for the ultimate building blocks of matter. "The Particle Odyssey" really brings the whole enterprise to life. An impressively comprehensive and readable book.'
Ian Stewart, author of "Flatterland" and "What Shape is a Snowflake?"
`In short, The Particle Odyssey is a beautifully illustrated and eminently readable introduction to high-energy physics. It provides and excellent answer, for both the high-energy physicist and the general reader, to the party question that high-energy physicists sometimes find difficult to
answer - what is it exactly that you do?'
Ken Peach, Nature
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particle physics is just so exciting Frank explains things perfectlyas though you were in a university lecture theatre.after reading this wonderful book, i just sat back in my recliner and mused over what i had just read. looking at my hands arms and skin i floated away in my imagination world, now i wonder which super nova did my carbon atoms come from, that's science it opens ones mind to thoughtgetting right back to basicsof how we and our little blue planet came about. just great, i suggest that anyone interested in particle physics by this and others like it and really enjoy some deep thought.you don't have to be a PHD student, i am not. nor have i studied this sciencein any way, ijust read and wonder,with amazement,at our beautiful universe. but keep an open mind, if you are acreationist it may be harder to unite all the pieces together to form what we have evolved into today. buy this well priced book from amazon, you will be rewarded with wonderment.
Tracking the advances made in particle physics over the last century, the book includes beatiful images illustrating what the scientists of the time saw and the equipment they used. All of this is clearly and simply explained. The difficulty level of the book increases as it progresses through each new discovery which is to be expected as the underlying physics and detection methods became more complex as well. Still, to someone with an interest in science and will to learn this is a great introduction to a mysterious world.
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