[MOBI] ↠ The Edge of Physics: A Journey to Earth's Extremes to Unlock the Secrets of the Universe | By Ù Anil Ananthaswamy #2020

  • Title: The Edge of Physics: A Journey to Earth's Extremes to Unlock the Secrets of the Universe
  • Author: Anil Ananthaswamy
  • ISBN: 9780618884681
  • Page: 194
  • Format: Hardcover

  • The Edge of Physics: A Journey to Earth's Extremes to Unlock the Secrets of the Universe By Anil Ananthaswamy In this deeply original book, science writer Anil Ananthaswamy sets out in search of the telescopes and detectors that promise to answer the biggest questions in modern cosmology Why is the universe expanding at an ever faster rate What is the nature of the dark matter that makes up almost a quarter of the universe Why does the universe appear fine tuned for life AIn this deeply original book, science writer Anil Ananthaswamy sets out in search of the telescopes and detectors that promise to answer the biggest questions in modern cosmology Why is the universe expanding at an ever faster rate What is the nature of the dark matter that makes up almost a quarter of the universe Why does the universe appear fine tuned for life Are there others besides our own Ananthaswamy soon finds himself at the ends of the earth in remote and sometimes dangerous places Take the Atacama Desert in the Chilean Andes, one of the coldest, driest places on the planet, where not even a blade of grass can survive Its spectacularly clear skies and dry atmosphere allow astronomers to gather brilliant images of galaxies billions of light years away Ananthaswamy takes us inside the European Southern Observatory s Very Large Telescope on Mount Paranal, where four massive domes open to the sky each night like dragons waking up He also takes us deep inside an abandoned iron mine in Minnesota, where half mile thick rock shields physicists as they hunt for elusive dark matter particles And to the East Antarctic Ice Sheet, where engineers are drilling 1.5 miles into the clearest ice on the planet They re building the world s largest neutrino detector, which could finally help reconcile quantum physics with Einstein s theory of general relativity The stories of the people who work at these and other dramatic research sites from Lake Baikal in Siberia to the Indian Astronomical Observatory in the Himalayas to the subterranean lair of the Large Hadron Collider make for a compelling new 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, bringing cosmology back down to earth in the most vivid terms 20091115
    Anil Ananthaswamy
    ANIL ANANTHASWAMY is former deputy news editor and current consultant for New Scientist He is a guest editor at UC Santa Cruz s renowned science writing program and teaches an annual science journalism workshop at the National Centre for Biological Sciences in Bangalore, India He is a freelance feature editor for the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science s Front Matter and has written for National Geographic News, Discover, and Matter He has been a columnist for PBS NOVA s The Nature of Reality blog He won the UK Institute of Physics Physics Journalism award and the British Association of Science Writers award for Best Investigative Journalism His first book, The Edge of Physics, was voted book of the year in 2010 by Physics World He lives in Bangalore, India, and Berkeley, California.

    The Edge of Physics: A Journey to Earth's Extremes to Unlock the Secrets of the Universe By Anil Ananthaswamy


    Brian Clegg
    Visit bookshopWhen I first came across this book, I groaned a little Yet another story of the mysteries of cosmology title Was there anything left to say I m pleased to say that my groan was unnecessary this is one of the most enjoyable popular science books I ve read all year Although there s nothing new in the science itself, the main thread of Anil Ananthaswamy s book is a tour of the remarkable places where the expanding universe, dark matter, dark energy, the Higgs boson and are being purs [...]

    Paul Weimer
    The Edge of Physics A Journey to Earth s Extremes to Unlock the Secrets of the Universe by Anil Ananthaswamy is not quite what it seems.While the title promises a look at the bleeding edge of physics and cosmology, this book in actuality has a broader canvas Anathaswamy, a journalist at the New Scientist, focuses on the places he goes and the people he meets on his journey to understand the experiments, equipment and the people associated with them High energy physics requires special conditions [...]

    Viswajith Venugopal
    Simultaneously a science and travel book, Anil Ananthaswamy s The Edge of Physics is a very well conceived book go to the edge of our planet to find out the extent of how much we know about the Universe The book describes some fantastic scenes from extreme locations around the Earth, while telling us just what science does and doesn t know about the deep questions what is the Universe How did it form, where is it going, why are all these particles and energies there, and why do fundamental physi [...]

    Per fare il Fisico o l Astronomo ci vuole il fisico, per fare l Ingegnere al servizio del Fisico e dell Astronomo ci vuole la pazienza di un bonzo, oltre alle competenze specifiche dei ruoli E che competenze.Ma andiamo con ordine L autore descrive una decina di luoghi, terrestri e cosmici, e strutture nelle quali i Fisici, sia teorici sia sperimentali, cercano risposte alle congetture che individuano l esistenza di particelle della materia, dell antimateria e della materia oscura non ancora suff [...]

    This book is a beautifully written travelogue that includes physics lessons for the lay reader and anecdotal histories I enjoyed every minute of it.

    A travel book around places where cosmology is done with some well explained cosmology to round it off Hasn t dated badly I enjoyed it a lot and it would have got a full four stars if the section on the Large Hadron Colider has been less long And just after reading that section there was a TV program which included some of the places he had been and up to date video and reports of the LHC and Atlas which gave an extra thrill.

    There are only few things I missed in my career as an engineer One of them is the contentment an experimental physicist when she finds something or proves a theory to shift the borders of our knowledge This book is a journey to the sanctuary corner of physicist where they spent their lives just for this very moment.

    The title of the book gives an impression of this book as one that deals primarily with the ideas like dark matter, dark energy, strings, supersymmetry and so on in a popular scientific way However, it is a travelogue of the far reaches of the Earth where experiments are undertaken in unravelling the secrets of Nature and the author s journey to these places to find out what is being done in all these places There is an amount of personal interest stories and popular history that he writes abou [...]

    I probably understood somewhere around 30% of the actual science of this book, which just happened to be enough to get the basic gist of what is going on today in physics Of course most of the book 80% was a travelogue and history of each of the different sites where scientists are conducting experiments to uncover the problems plaguing physics today.I am sure that magazines or even the internet would or could be a better source for up to date information regarding where physics actually is tod [...]

    Venkates Swaminathan
    Meant for the lay reader who has an interest in science, this well written book is a cross between a travelogue and an explanation The author traveled to the places where cosmologists scientists who study the distant universe, and the theories of the universe s creation and evolution conduct experiments Since these experiments can only be conducted in places where the earth and its inhabitants don t create interference through light, dust, etc most of these places are in remote and desolate plac [...]

    Despite 20th century physics revelations, from relativity and quantum mechanics to the physics of the atom s nucleus and the life cycles of stars, ninety odd percent of the universe is a complete mystery, says a scientist quoted by Ananthaswamy, a consulting editor for New Scientist Dark matter, dark energy, quantum gravity these are the topics that keep physicists awake at night, requiring bigger, massive, extreme experiments to test theories and uncover clues The author takes readers behind [...]

    A fitfully interesting look at scientists doing grandly ambitious experiments in remote places The author did a good job mixing stories about the working lives of scientists with quick explanations of the ideas they are exploring I feel like I did this book no favor by listening to the audiobook during the less fascinating sections, my attention wandered a lot some experiments just don t make for compelling listening The radio astronomy section was my favorite lots of good anecdotes in there, li [...]

    Astronomy is a LOT of hard work and it requires patience to a degree that is far beyond anything I would want to be doing This book described many astronomical research projects in the world, many in very remote locations, and I found this very interesting Enough theory was included to explain what was going on The author avoided speculation, and stayed close to what is actually known at this point in time He did explain why theory indicates the possibility of multiple universes, perhaps in huge [...]

    Muthu Indian
    Author does a great job of describing the extreme physics experiments,and would sit very well, if positioned as a travelogue However, thephysics parts of the book remain shaky the author contends wrongly that electron is associated with the electromagnetic field it is the photon.But I strongly recommend the book as a collection of disparate chaptersdescribing humanity s quest to understand the creation, evolutionand desitny of universe in the framework of physics You can probablyread about each [...]

    honestly one of the MOST BORING books of all time it has taken me ages to get through it because i can read only five pages at a time before it puts me to sleep, so even though i m only halfway through, i m calling it quits mr ananthaswamy clearly has a passion for physics, which is admirable, but he lacks a knack for compelling writing this should have been a picture book of all the genuinely neat places he traveled to, with medium sized blurbs explaining the history and significance of the sit [...]

    An interesting, readable update of the current activity on the cutting edges of modern physics and cosmology However, that said a great deal of the book is devoted to describing the author s journeys to the actual locations where the cutting edge work is underway In other words not the science If your only interest is the science the book is not for you I am still giving it 3 stars because of the new information I received about the actual science, which is all I cared about I hoe in about 5 yea [...]

    Taylor Ellwood
    I expected a book on physics that would provide some interesting insights into the latest developments of physics, and while there was some focus on that, the author s whininess tended to take center stage the majority of the time While some insight into what he was thinking was okay, the result was a pop science book that mostly focused on the complaints the narrator had about the different climates he was in, and his fear of possible death in those climates Certainly he took some risks, but I [...]

    Corinna Bechko
    I love a good travelogue science story, and this really fits the bill Ananthaswamy travels the world, from one extreme environment to another, investigating all the many miraculous things humans have built to look deeper into the mysteries of the universe By its nature this is something of a survey and human interest story, so if you want a in depth look at, say, the LHC, you should read something else But as an overview of what we are currently building, how hard the science is to do, and some [...]

    Enjoyable, but we could have spent less time describing the landscape of where telescope after telescope is located and on the actual physics A possibly accurate title might almost be A TRAVEL GUIDE TO VARIOUS OBSERVATORIES AND PARTICLE ACCELERATORS This is forgivable given AA s very lucid explanation of dark matter and dark energy and how they figure in modern cosmology I recommend it.

    Dave Reynolds
    I m learning that governments spend insane amounts of money for particle physics research For what end Aside from the satisfaction of curiosity about how the universe works, it s hard to say That being said, it is fascinating stuff.What I am most impressed by is the ingenuity of the designers of the equipment needed to study various characteristics of the cosmos These tools are not available on everything is custom designed and built.

    Michael Mangold
    A quick read half the book is endnotes that occasionally plods along as a travelogue Nonetheless, the destinations are some of the most fascinating in all of science The experiments described produce amazement, awe, and pride of being human for the lengths our curiosity is taking us Concise descriptions of the standard models of particle physics and cosmology are a welcome bonus following the epilogue.

    Descriptions of the author s travels to observatories and astronomical projects in California, Minnesota, Lake Baikal in Siberia, and Atacama Desert were interesting gave a sense of the beauty and or peacefulness of these isolated areas The author has an engaging way of describing the personalities of the astronomers working on these projects I had less interest in the theoretical science explanations and skimmed those sections.

    I was quite surprised by the content and specifically the manner in which the author takes you from one technological exploration to the next while giving the reader an historical perspective with real applied experiences to re enforce the primary concepts This is a definite read for those enthusiastic about physics ranging from a novice casual physics background to a moderate level.

    Peter Cawdron
    Started reading this on the plane flight down to Melbourne, some really fascinating information Did you know the proton beam whizing around the large Halidron Collider has the energy of a 400 ton express train travelling at 150 kph per hour That s a bunch of hydrogen atoms stripped of their electrons packing some serious punch

    this was an interesting journey to discover all the telescopes out there and what they can do it was a bit of letdown after reading things like krauss universe from nothing and brook s 13 things that don t make sense however, the last few chapters had some information that ananthaswamy did better than krauss in the end, it was worth the read.

    It s about time this information was put together for the general reading public It certainly blew my little mind.It can be a difficult book to wade through, but if you re interested in string theory, how it fell apart into M Theory, and the reality of alternate universes no new age stuff here , it s well worth the time.

    John E
    This was a fun book Following the latest as of publication date experiments in physics and astronomy, the author takes us on a wild ride to the far reaches of the earth where scientists seek isolation from civilization s pollution to perform unbelievable work I just wish I had been with him it sounded like a lot of fun to travel and learn the latest science.

    Occasionally dry and boring, but very well written.The book is about science experiments on a large scale.Much of the book is historical and biographical.However, the author isn t afraid to get right into the science being tested.

    Good book for anyone interested in cosmology Do expect to learn much about physics but it is a good starting point and you will learn about what the bigs experiments that are under way in physics are.

    This is a fascinating book on where physics currently is and where the theories are going However, since science is not normally something I read a lot about this book was really dense I also had a bit of a time keeping track of all the abbreviations Still an interesting read.

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