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The Edge of Physics


The Edge of Physics

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 03/02/2010
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
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We know that physics is in crisis, with progress exceptionally slow and speculative theories going unproven. But what will finally break this logjam and get physics back on track? Anil Ananthaswamy wanted to answer this question, so he set off in search of physics' most audacious experiments--the telescopes and detectors that promise to shed new light on things like dark matter, dark energy, and quantum gravity (the phenomenon that string theory tries to explain). He soon found himself at the edge of the earth--in 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--from the Atacama Desert in Chile, to the Indian Observatory in the Himalayas, to the Ross Ice Shelf in Antarctica to deep within an abandoned iron mine in Minnesota--Ananthaswamy weaves together stories about the people and places at the heart of this research, while beautifully 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 Physics depicts science as a human process and, in a very real sense, brings cosmology--with all its rarefied concepts--back down to earth.

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