Learn more Download now Shop now Shop now Shop now Shop now Learn More Shop now Shop now Learn more Shop Fire Shop Kindle Learn More Shop now Shop now Learn more

Customer reviews

4.4 out of 5 stars
33
Neutrino
Format: Kindle Edition|Change
Price:£6.02


on 17 September 2013
So densely packed is the information in this little book the author is to be commended for creating the literary equivalent of a neutron star. Indeed the scope of this short work is astonishing: covering such issues as reconciling the age of the sun with evolutionary timescales, supernovae, the discovery of radiation and the application of Newtonian physics and special relativity to the discovery of the neutrino.

Physics aside, Close presents a compelling study of the serendipitous nature of scientific investigation both in terms of discoveries and the recognition given to the scientists who are the human protagonists in the drama. A success of the book is in celebrating the contribution of the likes of Pontecorvo and Bahcall, overlooked by the Nobel Prize committees but admired by fellow scientists.

This book is detailed in the scientific methodology of neutrino detection but is equally focussed on the human circumstances associated with the research. The resolution of the missing solar neutrinos is balanced by the cruel irony that it led to unnecessary suspicions about the reliably of the use of chlorine as a means of detection which ultimately stripped the likes of Bahcall the recognition his calculations deserved.

The author is gifted in being able to discuss such a wide spectrum of ideas in an effortless and succinct style. This is best evidenced in the brilliant description of the traversing of neutrinos from a supernova explosion 170, 000 light years across space juxtaposed against a description of the emerging evolution of humanity, before finally being detected in 1987.

Although neutrinos may at first seem rather esoteric, Close is able to emphasise their scientific significance in for example neutrino astronomy which has been used to confirm scientific theories about supernovae and resultant neutron stars. He also highlights the future potential role of neutrino geophysics in enhancing the understanding of our own planet.
0Comment| One person found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Report abuse
on 31 December 2013
So true that we should promote scientists and educators as the real value in this world. Why would someone devote their life to look for a ghostly particle that first lived in an equation? Because we have to know how our universe works! Religion just doesn't have the answers (maybe it never did). This book exemplifies the curious men and women who continue to dig deeper into the fabric of this universe.

The neutrino. Who would have thought it? A must read.
0Comment|Was this review helpful to you? Report abuse
on 15 August 2014
This is the story of discovery of neutrino and experiments to detect it. My only criticism is that at times the history is repetitive. But as it is one the few popular book on the subject, it is worth reading.
0Comment|Was this review helpful to you? Report abuse
on 28 March 2015
The mysterious quantum, so reluctant to show itself, so rich in future knowledge. Is it its own antiparticle? We still don't have the answer.
0Comment|Was this review helpful to you? Report abuse
on 8 November 2012
Frank Close really gives enthusiasts such as myself a marvelous insight into the dark box that is this subject. You will need to be highly into the subject to understand all he says but the book is not for them it's for us.
0Comment| One person found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Report abuse
on 6 February 2014
I bought this at the same time as Antimatter. This is the better book, but still not great. You can probably get much of the info of wikipedia in a much shorter time.
0Comment|Was this review helpful to you? Report abuse
on 28 June 2015
A thoroughly good read and very informative - glad I bought it.
0Comment|Was this review helpful to you? Report abuse
on 1 July 2012
An excellent combination of history and physics, enough detail is given to understand the complexity and frustrations of the search for Neutrinos and Anti-Neutrinos.
Minimal knowledge of physics and mathematics is all you need to give a full appreciation of the problems involved.
0Comment| 2 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Report abuse
on 23 April 2015
Great book !
0Comment|Was this review helpful to you? Report abuse
on 11 September 2015
Slighty over-technical for someone like me, but I enjoyed reading about the extent to which Scientist will go to prove the existence of the holy grail of sub-atomic particles. A great read in parts and bewildering one in others.
0Comment|Was this review helpful to you? Report abuse

Need customer service? Click here

Sponsored Links

  (What is this?)