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By Michael W. Friedlander

Enigmatic for a few years, cosmic rays at the moment are recognized to be now not rays in any respect, yet debris, the nuclei of atoms, dropping rain always on the planet, the place they are often detected in the course of the surroundings and occasionally even hundreds of thousands of toes underground. This e-book tells the long-running detective tale at the back of the invention and learn of cosmic rays, a narrative that stretches from the early days of subatomic particle physics within the Nineties to the frontiers of high-energy astrophysics today.

Writing for the beginner scientist and the informed normal reader, Michael Friedlander, a cosmic ray researcher, relates the background of cosmic ray technological know-how from its unintentional discovery to its current prestige. He explains how cosmic rays are pointed out and the way their energies are measured, then surveys present wisdom and theories of skinny cosmic rain. the main thorough, up to date, and readable account of those interesting phenomena, his ebook makes us celebration to the hunt into the character, habit, and origins of cosmic rays—and into the resources in their huge, immense power, occasionally enormous quantities of hundreds of thousands occasions more than the strength conceivable within the strongest earthbound particle accelerators. As this seek led without notice to the invention of recent debris resembling the muon, pion, kaon, and hyperon, and because it finds scenes of remarkable violence within the cosmos and provides clues approximately black holes, supernovas, neutron stars, quasars, and neutrinos, we see basically why cosmic rays stay critical to an astonishingly various diversity of study reports on scales infinitesimally small and large.

Attractively illustrated, engagingly written, it is a interesting inside of examine a technological know-how on the heart of our knowing of our universe.

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