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Particle Physics: A Very Short Introduction

Frank Close

May 2004

ISBN: 9780192804341

160 pages
Paperback
174x111mm

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Very Short Introductions

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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 nature, accelerators and detectors, and the future of particle physics.

  • 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 masterpiece...one 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.

About the Author(s)

Frank Close, Professor of Physics at Oxford University and a Fellow of Exeter College

Frank Close is Professor of Physics at Oxford University and a Fellow of Exeter College. He was formerly the 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 the best-selling Lucifer's Legacy (OUP, 2000), and was the winner of the Kelvin Medal of the Institute of Physics for his 'outstanding contributions to the public understanding of physics'. His other books include The Cosmic Onion (1983), The Particle Explosion (1987), End (1988), Too Hot to Handle (1991), and The Particle Odyssey (OUP, 2002). In 2013 Professor Close was awarded the Royal Society Michael Faraday Prize for communicating science.

Table of Contents

    1:Journey to the centre of the universe
    2:How big and small are big and small
    3:How we learn what things are made of and what we found
    4:The heart of the matter
    5:Accelerators: cosmic and man-made
    6:Detectors: cameras and time machines
    7:The forces of nature
    8:Exotic matter (and antimatter)
    9:Where has matter come from?
    10:Questions for the 21st Century

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