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  • Half Lifeby Frank Close

    Oneworld Publications 2015; US$ 33.75

    The memo landed on Kim Philby's desk in Washington, DC, in July 1950. Three months later, Bruno Pontecorvo, a physicist at Harwell, Britain's atomic energy lab, disappeared without a trace. When he re-surfaced six years later, he was on the other side of the Iron Curtain. One of the most brilliant scientists of his generation, Pontecorvo seemed to... more...

  • Half-Lifeby Frank Close

    Basic Books 2015; US$ 29.99

    Bruno Pontecorvo dedicated his career to hunting for the Higgs boson of his day: the neutrino, a nearly massless particle considered essential to the process of nuclear fission. His work on the Manhattan project under Enrico Fermi confirmed his reputation as a brilliant physicist and helped usher in the nuclear age. He should have won a Nobel Prize,... more...

  • The New Cosmic Onionby Frank Close

    Taylor and Francis 2006; US$ 49.95

    Not since Newton?s apple has there been a physics phenomenon as deliciously appealing to the masses as Frank Close?s Cosmic Onion .  Widely embraced by scientists and laypersons alike, the book quickly became an international bestseller. Translated into seven languages, it propelled the author to become a worldwide celebrity as well as an... more...

  • The Voidby Frank Close

    Oxford University Press, UK 2007; US$ 18.99

    What is 'the void'? What remains when you take all the matter away? Can empty space - 'nothing' - exist? This little book explores the science and the history of the elusive void: from Aristotle's theories to black holes and quantum particles, and why our very latest discoveries about the vacuum can tell us extraordinary things... more...

  • Antimatterby Frank Close

    Oxford University Press 2009; US$ 11.99

    Frank Close explores the strange mirror world of antimatter, revealing that the reality is even more fascinating than the sci-fi stories suggest. Explaining the science behind one of physics' most extraordinary discoveries, he shows how, through understanding antimatter, we can shed light on some of the deepest mysteries of the universe. - ;Antimatter... more...

  • Particle Physicsby Frank Close

    Oxford University Press, UK 2004; US$ 9.99

    Particle Physics provides a compelling introduction to the fundamental constituents of the universe. Beginning with a guide to what matter is made of and how it evolved, the author goes on to describe the techniques used to study it. He discusses quarks, electrons, and the neutrino, exotic matter, and antimatter. He also investigates the forces of... more...

  • Nothingby Frank Close

    Oxford University Press 2009; US$ 9.99

    What is 'nothing'? What remains when you take all the matter away? Can empty space - a void - exist? This Very Short Introduction explores the science and the history of the elusive void: from Aristotle who insisted that the vacuum was impossible, via the theories of Newton and Einstein, to our very latest discoveries and why they can tell... more...

  • The Infinity Puzzleby Frank Close

    Knopf Canada 2011; US$ 21.00

    We are living in a Golden Age of physics. With the mind of a scientist and the skill of a journalist, bestselling author and renowned physicist Frank Close gives us an insider's look at one of the most inspiring - and challenging - scientific breakthroughs of our time: the Large Hadron Collider in Geneva. About 40 years ago, 3 brilliant, yet little-known... more...

  • Neutrinoby Frank Close

    Oxford University Press 2010; US$ 12.99

    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,... more...

  • The Infinity Puzzleby Frank Close

    Oxford University Press 2011; US$ 17.99

    We are living in a Golden Age of Physics. Forty or so years ago, three brilliant, yet little-known scientists - an American, a Dutchman, and an Englishman - made breakthroughs which later inspired the construction of the Large Hadron Collider at CERN in Geneva: a 27 kilometer-long machine which has already costs ten billion dollars, taken twenty years... more...