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Published: 13 May 2004

160 Pages | numerous line drawings and halftones


ISBN: 9780192804341

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Particle Physics: A Very Short Introduction

Frank Close

Very Short Introductions

  • A compelling and lively one-volume introduction to the fundamental particles that make up the universe.
  • The author has excellent credentials: former Head of the Theoretical Physics Division at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, he is now a fellow of Exeter College, Oxford, and Professor of Astronomy at Gresham College, London. In 1996 he was awarded the Kelvin Medal of the Institute of Physics for 'outstanding contributions to the public understanding of physics.'
  • Frank Close's book, Lucifer's Legacy had excellent reviews: 'This is Frank Close's of the very best introductions to physics for the layperson,' Sunday Times; 'Close's writing is beguiling...' Nature.
  • Close is also an experienced broadcaster. He delivered the 1993 Royal Institution Christmas Lectures, entitled 'The Cosmic Onion', and wrote and presented 'The Lopsided Universe', a three-part series broadcast by BBC Radio Four in 2002.
  • Other books by the internationally recognized author include The Cosmic Onion (1983), The Particle Exploration (1987), Too Hot to Handle (1991), and The Particle Odyssey.