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The Edge of Physics


The Edge of Physics

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  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 01/14/2011
  • Publisher: Mariner Books

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Physics is in crisis. For more than two centuries, our understanding of the laws of nature expanded rapidly. But in the last few decades, we've made astonishingly little progress. What will finally break the impasse and get physics back on track? In this timely and original book, science writer Anil Ananthaswamy sets out in search of the world's most audacious physics experiments: the telescopes and detectors that promise to shed new light on things like dark matter, dark energy, and the phenomenon of quantum gravity. He soon finds himself at the ends of the earthin cold and remote and sometimes dangerous places. As it turns out, extreme physics requires extreme environments.Reporting back from some of the most inhospitable and dramatic research sites on our planet, Ananthaswamy weaves together stories about the people and places at the heart of this research, while skillfully explaining the problems that scientists are trying to solve. In so doing, he provides a unique portrait of the universe and our quest to understand it. An atmospheric, engaging, and illuminating read,The Edge of Physicsdepicts science as a human process and brings cosmologywith all its rarefied conceptsback down to earth.

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