Neutrino

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OUP Oxford, Oct 14, 2010 - Science - 192 pages
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What are neutrinos? Why does nature need them? What use are they? Neutrinos are perhaps the most enigmatic particles in the universe. Formed in certain radioactive decays, they pass through most matter with ease. These tiny, ghostly particles are formed in millions in the Sun and pass through us constantly. For a long time they were thought to be massless, and passing as they do like ghosts they were not regarded as significant. Now we know they have a very small mass, and there are strong indications that they are very important indeed. It is speculated that a heavy form of neutrino, that is both matter and antimatter, may have shaped the balance of matter and antimatter in the early universe. Here, Frank Close gives an account of the discovery of neutrinos and our growing understanding of their significance, also touching on some speculative ideas concerning the possible uses of neutrinos and their role in the early universe.
 

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User Review  - Delson Roche - Goodreads

Fast to read, easy to read and even without a science background, one can pretty much catch up with everything. Very well written. Read full review

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User Review  - Cade - Goodreads

This book weaves together two different books. One is a qualitative description of what neutrinos are and how they behave. This makes interesting reading, and it is the reason I originally picked this ... Read full review

Contents

Ray Davis
Foreword
1A DESPERATE REMEDY
2SEEING THE INVISIBLE
3WINNING THE LOTTERY
4IS THE SUN STILL SHINING?
5HOW MANY SOLAR NEUTRINOS?
6UNDERGROUND SCIENCE
7ONE TWO THREE
8MORE MISSING NEUTRINOS
9I FEEL LIKE DANCING IM SO HAPPY
10EXTRAGALACTIC NEUTRINOS
11REPRISE
v
Notes
xix
Index
xxxi
Copyright

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Frank Close, OBE, is Professor of Physics at Oxford University and a Fellow of Exeter College. He was formerly vice president of the British Association for Advancement of Science, 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 Antimatter (OUP, 2009) and the best-selling Lucifer's Legacy (OUP, 2000). He was thewinner of the Kelvin Medal of the Institute of Physics for his 'outstanding contributions to the public understanding of physics'. His other books include Nothing: A Very Short Introduction (2009),and The Cosmic Onion (2006),

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