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Neutrino Hunters

The Thrilling Chase for a Ghostly Particle to Unlock the Secrets of the Universe


 On Sale: 02/12/2013
 Formats:     Hardback
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Canada’s renowned astronomer hunts for the universe’smost elusive particle

Every second of every day and night, many trillions of neutrinospass through your body. But most people had never heard of them until they made headlines recently for possibly travelling faster than light. Luckily, these ghostly particles—celebrated in a delightful John Updike poem and (falsely) blamed for heating the Earth’s core in the Hollywood disaster movie 2012—do no harm and leave no trace. They are so difficult to pin down that scientists must use Olympic-sizepools of cleaning fluid deep underground and kilometre-thick sheets of Antarctic ice to catch just a handful. Yet the shadowy neutrinos hold the key to unlocking some of the biggest mysteries of the universe: What was the universe like seconds after the Big Bang? Why is anti-matter so rare? What triggers exploding stars?

The renowned astrophysicist and award-winning science writer Ray Jayawardhana tells us that neutrino research is now entering a brave new era and explains why these pathologically shy particles may spark a revolution in physics. Equally fascinating is the thrilling detective story of neutrino hunters, the scientists we meet on this exciting quest.


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Critical Praise for Neutrino Hunters


“Move over Neil deGrasse Tyson and Brian Greene! Ray Jayawardhana is the new dean of popular science—a working scientist who can explain even the most complex matters in a clear and entertaining way. In Neutrino Hunters, he spins a thrilling tale that takes us from the deepest depths of the Earth to the farthest reaches of the universe. A wonderful read from start to finish.”
Robert J. Sawyer, Hugo Award–winning author of Red Planet Blues

“Ray Jayawardhana tells a whopping good ghost story. In recent years, researchers have discovered that neutrino particles, the poltergeists of physics that go right through us with nary a bump, promise to reveal much about the Earth, stars, and our cosmic origins. Beautifully written, Neutrino Hunters paints a vivid portrait of this new astronomy for the 21st century and the fascinating scientists who put it into place.”
Marcia Bartusiak, author of The Day We Found the Universe

“Neutrino Hunters is a fascinating, comprehensive look at the monumental efforts to detect the least understood particle known to physics. While the Higgs boson might be more famous, Ray Jayawardhana reveals that neutrinos are far more mysterious, and may hold the key to the next breakthroughs in the field.”
Chad Orzel, author of How to Teach Physics to Your Dog

ISBN: 9781443414265; ISBN10: 1443414263; Imprint: HarperCollins Canada ; On Sale: 02/12/2013; Format: Hardback; Trimsize: 6x9; Pages: 272; $29.99; Ages: Newborn to 0; BISAC1:SCI055000

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