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  • Hardcover: 176 pages
  • Publisher: OUP Oxford (22 Jan. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0199550166
  • ISBN-13: 978-0199550166
  • Product Dimensions: 19.8 x 2.3 x 13.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 242,722 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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This compact book is a wonderful source of information on antimatter and offers us a meticulously researched account of the nature, properties and applications of the often overlooked entities in the fantastic antiworld around us. (Chemistry World)

A meticulously researched account of the nature, properties and application of the ...antiworld around us. (Dennis Rouvray, Chemistry World)

...worth reading for its beautifully concise history of one vital aspect of twentieth-century particle physics (Mark Ronan, Times Literary Supplement)

His prose is clear, the concepts always understandable, his analysis always insightful. (Mark Greener, Fortean Times)

Beautifully written..This book will inspire a sense of awe in even the most seasoned of physics readers. (Amanda Gefter, New Scientist)

This is a must read for fans of science and science fiction alike. (Dr John Gribbin, www.bbcfocusmagazine.com)

About the Author

Frank Close, OBE, is Professor of Physics at Oxford University and a Fellow of Exeter College. He was formerly vice president of the British Association for Advancement of Science and Head of the Theoretical Physics Division at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory. He is the author of several books, including the best-selling Lucifer's Legacy, and the winner of the Kelvin Medal of the Institute of Physics for his "outstanding contributions to the public understanding of physics."

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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful By DB on 16 Aug. 2009
Format: Hardcover
This book acts as a perfect introduction to not just the world of antimatter, but also something of particle physics.

Close begins by discussing the legend of antimatter. A bizarre group of particles, often finding their way into Science Fiction, yet antimatter is real, it can exist, despite being annihilated on contact with matter. Close debunks what is false, and introduces the reader to the reality of antimatter, and the accompanying particle physics. A far from simple feat, having read several books previously which left me puzzled by Feynman diagrams, or simply what the particles are, Close takes a slower, gentler approach and succeeds in making the whole subject easily accessible.

The appendixes are very interesting too, offering some deeper insights into Antimatter, although some mathematical understanding may be necessary and can be left.
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful By J. H. Jaffe on 12 April 2009
Format: Hardcover
Books which attempt a popular review of a highly specialized subject are notoriously difficult to write. The experts will find little in them that is new, and the general reader will encounter much that is obscure and baffling.

This having been said, Frank Close has done a creditable job presenting the subject of anti-matter.

I personally was intrigued by some technical facts cited (eg anti-protons can be cooled with electrons) and amused by several popular explanations (eg How a space explorer should communicate with super-intelligent inhabitants to ascertain that their territory is not made of anti-matter: a wise precaution before attempting to land.)

An excellent book. I am glad to have it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By bunsby on 4 Mar. 2010
Format: Paperback
As a complete physics ignoramus I was a little concerned that I'd soon be lost when reading this book. Fortunately, Close does an excellent job of explaining the hard science behind antimatter without a: excessive deviation, or b: patronising and misleading metaphorical illustration. For such a short book it contains enough concrete explanation to keep you thinking, and enough anecdotal material about the history of this branch of particle physics to keep you entertained.

I had to read a few parts twice - notably the explanation of E=MC2 (yes, I'm that ignorant!) but I got up to speed fairly quickly (for the purposes of the book's use of that formula, at least).

Close is clearly a leading and very passionate advocate on the subject of antimatter (itself, I gather, only a small part (excuse the pun) of the field of particle physics) and offers a lucid and engaging read, and fairly mind-blowing for a newcomer to popular science like me.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A. Nim on 30 Aug. 2011
Format: Paperback
I am a 17 year old student, currently doing my A levels.
I found this book extremely well written, every single detail was easily understood.
I have read various physics books to help me develop my knowledge as an aspiring physics undergraduate.
Frank Close does a magnificent job! and is probably one of my favourite physics books.
Going through the derivation of antimatter, the history, what antimatter tells us and the theoretical possibilities of its discovery.
I learnt so much from this book, once you start reading it you won't want to put it down!
Recommended to those who wish to have much more knowledge on the topic of antimatter!
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By S. Cloude on 11 Mar. 2010
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Thought provoking, informative and entertaining..a great little book. Especially liked the small section on the Dirac code...clearest explanation I have seen. A great example that truth is stranger then fiction when it comes to physics..the real stuff is even weirder than the pseudo-science..
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By chez198 on 19 Sept. 2013
Format: Paperback
While this book provides a brief and interesting introduction to antimatter and particle physics in general, it tends to focus too much on the historical aspect of the science, which in my opinion distracts from the explanation. Furthermore, there are too many ambiguous metaphors about 'dancing' which get extremely dreary after a while.

A decent book, but there are many better out there.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By franfromivegill on 21 April 2012
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Frank Close is such a good writer. His work is clearly written, carefully crafted and full of illustrative examples to help the reader gather a fuller picture of what is, for many people, indescribable but fascinating. I remember Frank Close giving a brilliant BBC Christmas Lecture (The Cosmic Onion)- how old was I? - so Frank has obviously been in the business of particle physics a long time!! This, and his enthusiastic and knowledgeable style, makes it possible to trust the Physics and to learn from it. It is such a brilliant book - it covers everything you would want to know - from the beginning - no prior knowledge assumed. I cannot recommend this book highly enough to someone wanting to know "just what is this antimatter stuff?"..............Definitely a valuable book to give to a budding A level Physics student..............
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Thomas Ellegaard on 8 May 2011
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This is a nice little book about antimatter. Some may ask if one could write a whole book just about antimatter, but Frank Close does it well.
The book starts a little bit slow though, carefully explaining what antimatter is. Later it catches on, and the second half of the book is indeed very interesting.

The book does not only explain what antimatter is, and how to produce it, but also tells us the full history of how it was first discovered and up till now.
Frank Close show us what an important role in the whole world of particles that antimatter plays. The knowledge in this book should be mandatory for all high school students.
Finally Frank tell us about the antimatter we see in the movie "Angels and Demons" and the possible role of antimatter in the future use in spaceships.
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