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The Edge of Physics: A Journey to Earth's Extremes to Unlock the Secrets of the Universe:

By: Anil Ananthaswamy:




In this deeply original book, science writer Anil Ananthaswamy sets out in search of the telescopes and detectors that promise to answer the biggest questions in modern cosmology. Why is the universe expanding at an ever faster rate? What is the nature of the "dark matter" that makes up almost a quarter of the universe? Why does the universe appear fine-tuned for life? Are there others besides our own? Ananthaswamy soon finds himself at the ends of the earth in remote and sometimes dangerous places. Take the Atacama Desert in the Chilean Andes, one of the coldest, driest places on the planet, where not even a blade of grass can survive. Its spectacularly clear skies and dry atmosphere allow astronomers to gather brilliant images of galaxies billions of light-years away. Ananthaswamy takes us inside the European Southern Observatory s Very Large Telescope on Mount Paranal, where four massive domes open to the sky each night "like dragons waking up." He also takes us deep inside an abandoned iron mine in Minnesota, where half-mile-thick rock shields physicists as they hunt for elusive dark matter particles. And to the East Antarctic Ice Sheet, where engineers are drilling 1.5 miles into the clearest ice on the planet. They re building the world s largest neutrino detector, which could finally help reconcile quantum physics with Einstein s theory of general relativity. The stories of the people who work at these and other dramatic research sites from Lake Baikal in Siberia to the Indian Astronomical Observatory in the Himalayas to the subterranean lair of the Large Hadron Collider make for a compelling new portrait of the universe and our quest to understand it. An atmospheric, engaging, and illuminating read, The Edge of Physics depicts science as a human process, bringing cosmology back down to earth in the most vivid terms.

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Edited by asky332000 at 11-7-2018 07:30 PM

The Man Who Wasn't There: Investigations into the Strange New Science of the Self:
Anil Ananthaswamy:



If I try to seize this self of which I feel sure, if I try to define and to summarize it, it is nothing but water slipping through my fingers.

—Albert Camus

WHO IS THE ONE WHO SAYS, “I DON’T EXIST”?

Men ought to know that from the brain, and from the brain only, arise our pleasures, joys, laughters and jests, as well as our sorrows, pains, griefs and tears. . . . These things that we suffer all come from the brain. . . . Madness comes from its moistness.
—Hippocrates

THE BOOK IS SIMPLY ABOUT MODERN THEORIES OF "I" THAT IS SELF.

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Edited by asky332000 at 3-11-2018 06:08 PM

THROUGH TWO DOORS AT ONCE:
THE ELEGANT EXPERIEMENT THAT CAPTURES THE ENIGMA OF OUR QUANTUM REALITY:
BY ANIL ANANTHASWAMY:







Thomas Young has been called “The Last Man Who Knew Everything.” In 1793, barely twenty years of age, he explained how our eyes focus upon objects at different distances, based partly on his own dissection of an ox’s eyes. A year later, on the strength of that work, Young was made a Fellow of the Royal Society, and in 1796 he became “doctor of physic, surgery, and midwifery.” When he was in his forties, Young helped Egyptologists decipher the Rosetta stone (which had inscriptions in three scripts: Greek, hieroglyphics, and something unknown).

And in between becoming a medical doctor, getting steeped in Egyptology, and even studying Indo-European languages, Young delivered one of the most intriguing lectures in the history of physics. The venue was the Royal Society of London, and the date, November 24, 1803. Young stood in front of that august audience, this time as a physicist describing a simple and elegant homespun experiment, which, in his mind, had unambiguously established the true nature of light and proved Newton wrong.

“The experiments I am about to relate … may be repeated with great ease, whenever the sun shines,” Young told the audience.

Whenever the sun shines. Young wasn’t overstating the simplicity of his experiment. “I made a small hole in a window- shutter, and covered it with a piece of thick paper, which I perforated with a fine needle,” he said. The pinhole let through a ray of light, a sunbeam. “I brought into the sunbeam a slip of card, about one-thirtieth of an inch in breadth, and observed its shadow, either on the wall, or on other cards held at different distances.”

If light is made of particles, Young’s “slip of card” would have cast a sharp shadow on the wall in front, because the card would have blocked some of the particles. And if so, Newton would have been proved right.


Book Excerpt: A Simple Test to Reveal the 'Central Mystery' of Quantum Physics
An excerpt from the book 'Through Two Doors At Once' by Anil Ananthaswamy that recalls the baffling story of quantum mechanics through a single, 215-year-old experiment that anyone can perform.




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