Detective thriller meets astrophysics in this adventure into
neutrinos and the scientists who pursue them.
For more than eighty years, brilliant and eccentric
scientists around the world have been searching for the incredibly small bits
of matter we call neutrinos. Trillions of these ghostly particles pass through
our bodies every second, but they are so pathologically shy that neutrino
hunters have to use Olympic-size pools deep underground and a gigantic cube of
Antarctic ice to catch just a handful. Neutrinos may hold the secrets to the
nature of antimatter and what the universe was like just seconds after the big
bang, but they are extremely elusive and difficult to pin down—much like the
adventurous scientists who doggedly pursue them.
In Neutrino Hunters, renowned astrophysicist and
award-winning author Ray Jayawardhana takes us on a thrilling journey into the
shadowy world of neutrinos and the colorful lives of those who chase them.
Demystifying particle science along the way, Jayawardhana tells a detective
story with cosmic implications—interweaving the tales of the irascible
Casanova Wolfgang Pauli; the troubled genius Ettore Majorana, who disappeared
without a trace; and Bruno Pontecorvo, whose defection to the Soviet Union
caused a Cold War ruckus. Ultimately, Jayawardhana reveals just how significant
these fast-moving particles are to the world we live in and why the next decade
of neutrino hunting will redefine how we think about physics, cosmology, and
our lives on Earth.
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