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

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A book by Anil Ananthaswamy

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, … see full wiki

Author: Anil Ananthaswamy
Genre: Science
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Trade
1 review about The Edge of Physics: A Journey to Earth's...

A travelogue, with scientific interludes

  • May 18, 2010
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+5
This book has good, clear explanations of some complex stuff, including dark matter, dark energy, and various particles. It has interesting discussions of the notion of the multiverse, the Big Bang, and gravity.

But mostly it's a story about traveling around visiting physicists who've gone to the ends of earth in an effort to observe phenomena that are very hard to observe. The descriptions of the lives and work of people who hang out in places like abandoned lead mines, Siberian lakes, very tall mountains, and arctic wilderness are fascinating. The descriptions of the machines they use and the difficulties of building them are mind-boggling. And the physical descriptions of the places themselves are inspiring.

You won't necessarily want to go join the people who do these extreme things, but you have to admire their pluck and fortitude, and you'll feel a bit as though you've been there.

A very enjoyable read, even if you're not that involved with physics. If you are, this book will open your eyes to the complexities of getting the data.

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