|Title:||A thin cosmic rain : particles from outer space|
|Edition statement:||Rev. ed. of: Cosmic rays, 1989|
|Publisher:||Cambridge, Massachusetts : Harvard University Press, 2000|
|ISBN / ISSN / EAN :||978-0-674-00288-3|
|Bibliography note:||Includes index and bibliographical references|
Writing for the amateur scientist and the educated general reader, Michael W. Friedlander, a cosmic ray researcher, relates the history of cosmic ray science from its inception to its present status. He explains how cosmic rays are identified and their energies measured, then surveys our current knowledge and theories about this thin cosmic rain. The most thorough, up-to-date, and readable account of these intriguing phenomena, his book makes us party to the search into the nature, behavior, and origins of cosmic rays -and into the sources of their enormous energy, sometimes hundreds of millions times greater than the energy achievable in the most powerful earthbound particle accelerators. This search led unexpectedly to the discovery of new particles such as the muon, pion, kaon, and hyperon, and it revealed scenes of awesome violence in the cosmos and offered lues about black holes, supernovas, neutron stars, quasars, and neutrinos, clearly showing why cosmic rays remain central to an astonishingly diverse range of research studies on scales infinitesimally small and large.
Attractively illustrated, engagingly written, this book is a fascinating inside look at a science at the center of our understanding of our universe.
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