Author: Frank Close

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 019256787X

Category: Science

Page: 176

View: 7551

Antimatter explores a strange mirror world, where particles have identical yet opposite properties to those that make up the familiar matter we encounter everyday; where left becomes right, positive becomes negative; and where, should matter and antimatter meet, the two annihilate in a blinding flash of energy that makes even thermonuclear explosions look feeble by comparison. It is an idea long beloved of science-fiction stories—but here, renowned science writer Frank Close shows that the reality of antimatter is even more fascinating than the fiction itself. We know that once, antimatter and matter existed in perfect counterbalance, and that antimatter then perpetrated a vanishing act on a cosmic scale that remains one of the greatest mysteries of the universe. Today, antimatter does not exist normally, at least on Earth, but we know that it is real for scientists are now able to make small pieces of it in particle accelerators, such as that at CERN in Geneva. Looking at the remarkable prediction of antimatter and how it grew from the meeting point of relativity and quantum theory in the early 20th century, at the discovery of the first antiparticles, at cosmic rays, annihilation, antimatter bombs, and antiworlds, Close separates the facts from the fiction about antimatter, and explains how its existence can give us profound clues about the origins and structure of the universe. Oxford Landmark Science books are 'must-read' classics of modern science writing which have crystallized big ideas, and shaped the way we think.


The Ultimate Mirror


Author: Gordon Fraser

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9780521893091

Category: Science

Page: 213

View: 8297

Describes the scientific research into the theory of antimatter.



Author: John Vornholt

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1471109194

Category: Fiction

Page: 200

View: 7089

The Bajoran shipyard is assigned to build an engine for a new starship, a project which could be instrumental in revitalizing the planet's war-ravished economy. As Commander Sisko awaits the arrival of a tanker containing the antimatter that will power the starship, a band of hijackers captures the extremely valuable cargo and escapes through the wormhole. When the hijacking spurs a political debate, Major Kira struggles to mediate the dispute between the opposing factions. Meanwhile, Sisko makes a desperate move to retrieve the antimatter. With the stability of the Bajoran economy at stake, Sisko, Dax, and Odo infiltrate the hijackers, a move that could have deadly consequences for them and the planet Bajor.



Author: Frank Close

Publisher: Spektrum Akademischer Verlag

ISBN: 9783827425317

Category: Science

Page: 228

View: 1627

Genesis Im Anfang w ar Leere: „Finsternis lag über der Ur ut“. Dann kam es zu einem gewaltigen Energieausbruch: „Es werde Licht. Und es wurde Licht.“ Woher diese Energie kam, weiß ich nicht. Bekannt ist jedoc h, was anschließend geschah: Die Energie kondensierte zu Materie und ihrem geheimn- vollen Spiegelbild – der Antimaterie – in vollkommen gl- chen Mengen. Gewöhnliche Materie ist uns vertraut; aus ihr bestehen Luft und Erde und die Lebewesen. Doch ihr getreues, in allen Erscheinungen identisches Spiegelbild, das erst im Inneren der Atome seine „verkehrte“ Natur offenbart, ist uns mehr als fremd. Es ist die Antimaterie, die Antithese zur Materie. Antimaterie gibt es heute nicht in größeren Mengen, zumindest nicht auf der Erde. Der Grund für ihr V- schwinden gehört zu den unerklärten Geheimnissen des Universums. Wir wissen aber, dass Antimaterie existiert, denn sie konnte in physikalischen Experimenten in win- gen Mengen hergestellt werden. Antimaterie zerstört jede gewöhnliche Materie, mit der sie in Berührung kommt, in einem grellen Blitz. Die seit XII Vorwort Milliarden von Jahren gebündelte Energie der Materie wird in einem solchen Augenblick explosionsartig frei- setzt. Antimaterie könnte die ideale Energiequelle werden, die Technologie des 21. Jahrhunderts. Doch ihre Fähigkeit zur absoluten Zerstörung könnte sie auch zu einer ulti- tiven Massenvernichtungswaffe machen.



Author: Hugh Hazelton

Publisher: Broken Jaw Press

ISBN: 9781896647982

Category: Poetry

Page: 64

View: 5929

The poems in Antimatter are declamatory, politicized, experimental, occasionally concrete, recited, chanted, stuttered, and sung poetry produced by a Montreal poet-translator-visual artist who believes that poetry should bite, caress, stroke, laugh at, confront, lament, name, imagine, envision, remember, invoke, oppose, and reflect. The CD contains a full reading of the book (67' 10") by the author.

Frank Einstein - Die Entführung der Roboter



Author: Jon Scieszka

Publisher: Heyne Verlag

ISBN: 364115426X

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 240

View: 6612

Leg dich nicht mit einem Roboter an! Frank Einstein träumt nicht nur davon, einmal Erfinder zu werden, er ist es schon! Er und sein Freund Watson basteln in der Garage Geräte, die die Welt noch nicht gesehen hat. Als in einer stürmischen Nacht der Blitz in ihre Werkstatt einschlägt, hat das ungeahnte Folgen: Die beiden Roboter Klink und Klank erwachen zum Leben und weichen Frank nicht mehr von der Seite. Während er noch zweifelt, ob der überdrehte Klank und der alberne Klink die richtigen Assistenten für seine Versuche sind, werden die beiden von Franks Erzfeind T. Edison entführt. Dass der nur Böses im Sinn haben kann, ist Frank sofort klar. Mit seinen ruhigen Tagen als Erfinder ist es vorbei ...

Matter, Antimatter, and Unmatter


Author: Florentin Smarandache

Publisher: Infinite Study



Page: N.A

View: 4038

Besides matter and antimatter there must exist unmatter (as a new form of matter) in accordance with the neutrosophy theory that between an entity and its opposite there exist intermediate entities . Unmatter is neither matter nor antimatter, but something in between. An atom of unmatter can be formed either by (1): electrons, protons, and antineutrons, or by (2): antielectrons, antiprotons, and neutrons. At CERN it will be possible to test the production of unmatter. The existence of unmatter in the universe has a similar chance to that of the antimatter, and its production also difficult for present technologies.

The Mystery of the Missing Antimatter


Author: Helen R. Quinn,Yossi Nir

Publisher: Princeton University Press

ISBN: 1400835712

Category: Science

Page: 296

View: 1074

In the first fractions of a second after the Big Bang lingers a question at the heart of our very existence: why does the universe contain matter but almost no antimatter? The laws of physics tell us that equal amounts of matter and antimatter were produced in the early universe—but then something odd happened. Matter won out over antimatter; had it not, the universe today would be dark and barren. But how and when did this occur? In The Mystery of the Missing Antimatter, Helen Quinn and Yossi Nir guide readers into the very heart of this mystery—and along the way offer an exhilarating grand tour of cutting-edge physics.

Mirror Matter

Pioneering Antimatter Physics


Author: Robert L. Forward,Joel Davis

Publisher: Backinprint.Com

ISBN: 9780595198177

Category: Science

Page: 262

View: 4001

For nearly four decades the fictional spaceships of the "Star Trek" universe have been powered by antimatter. But antimatter is not science fiction, and neither is the idea of using it for space propulsion. In Mirror Matter: Pioneering Antimatter Physics, renowned physicist Dr. Robert L. Forward and science writer Joel Davis show why, and how. Mirror Matter is the answer to the skeptics who say that using antimatter is too risky, too difficult, or too expensive. Forward and Davis describe how to make, capture, store, and use antimatter. Mirror Matter explains, step-by-step, how to greatly improve the efficiency and cost-effectiveness of antimatter production; how antimatter can be captured and safely stored until it is used; and how it can improve the propulsion capability of interplanetary rocket engines by one to two orders of magnitude. If the solar system is to one day be our big backyard, it will come about using "mirror matter" for space propulsion.

Isodual Theory of Antimatter

with applications to Antigravity, Grand Unification and Cosmology


Author: Ruggero Maria Santilli

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 9781402045172

Category: Science

Page: 329

View: 6754

The scope of this monograph is to show that our classical, quantum and cosmological knowledge of antimatter is at its beginning with much yet to be discovered, and that a commitment to antimatter by experimentalists will be invaluable to antimatter science. This is also the first book presenting the isodual theory of antimatter. It is aimed at scientists and researchers in theoretical physics.

The Discovery of Anti-matter

The Autobiography of Carl David Anderson, the Youngest Man to Win the Nobel Prize


Author: Richard Jerome Weiss

Publisher: World Scientific

ISBN: 9789810236809

Category: Science

Page: 144

View: 6303

In 1936, at age 31, Carl David Anderson became the second youngest Nobel laureate for his discovery of antimatter when he observed positrons in a cloud chamber.He is responsible for developing rocket power weapons that were used in World War II.He was born in New York City in 1905 and was educated in Los Angeles. He served for many years as a physics professor at California Institute of Technology. Prior to Oppenheimer, Anderson was offered the job of heading the Los Alamos atomic bomb program but could not assume the role because of family obligations.He was a pioneer in studying cosmic rays at high altitudes, first atop Pike's Peak, then after the war in a specially equipped B-29.


Michel Houellebecq and Depressive Realism


Author: Ben Jeffery

Publisher: John Hunt Publishing

ISBN: 184694922X

Category: Philosophy

Page: 95

View: 9417

An interrogation of art's ability to face unpleasant truths.

Matter, Antimatter, and Dark Matter

Proceedings of the Second International Workshop, Trento, Italy, 29-30 October 2001


Author: Roberto Battiston,Bruna Bertucci

Publisher: World Scientific

ISBN: 981277680X

Category: Antimatter

Page: 264

View: 9203

This book presents the progress in cosmic ray physics following the recent results obtained by balloon, satellite and underground experiments. The following topics are reviewed: Composition and propagation of cosmic rays, trapping of charged particles in the earth''s magnetic field, atmospheric neutrinos, and high energy photon measurements in space.

Matter, Dark Matter, and Anti-Matter

In Search of the Hidden Universe


Author: Alain Mazure,Vincent Le Brun

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 144198822X

Category: Science

Page: 172

View: 3495

For over ten years, the dark side of the universe has been headline news. Detailed studies of the rotation of spiral galaxies, and 'mirages' created by clusters of galaxies bending the light from very remote objects, have convinced astronomers of the presence of large quantities of dark (unseen) matter in the cosmos. The most striking fact is that they seem to compromise about 95% of the matter/energy content of the universe. As for ordinary matter, although we are immersed in a sea of dark particles, including primordial neutrinos and photons from fossil cosmological radiation, both we and our environment are made of ordinary, 'baryonic' matter. Authors Mazure and Le Brun present the inventory of matter, baryonic and exotic, and investigating the nature and fate of matter's twin, anti-matter. They show how technological progress has been a result of basic research, in tandem with the evolution of new ideas, and how the combined effect of these advances might help lift the cosmic veil.

New Directions in Antimatter Chemistry and Physics


Author: Clifford M. Surko,Franco A. Gianturco

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 0306476134

Category: Science

Page: 850

View: 5045

This volume is the outgrowth of a workshop held in October, 2000 at the Institute for Theoretical Atomic and Molecular Physics at the Harvard- Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics in Cambridge, MA. The aim of this book (similar in theme to the workshop) is to present an overview of new directions in antimatter physics and chemistry research. The emphasis is on positron and positronium interactions both with themselves and with ordinary matter. The timeliness of this subject comes from several considerations. New concepts for intense positron sources and the development of positron accumulators and trap-based positron beams provide qualitatively new experimental capabilities. On the theoretical side, the ability to model complex systems and complex processes has increased dramatically in recent years, due in part to progress in computational physics. There are presently an intriguing variety of phenomena that await theoretical explanation. It is virtually assured that the new experimental capabilities in this area will lead to a rapid expansion of this list. This book is organized into four sections: The first section discusses potential new experimental capabilities and the uses and the progress that might be made with them. The second section discusses topics involving antihydrogen and many-body phenomena, including Bose condensation of positronium atoms and positron interactions with materials. The final two sections treat a range of topics involving positron and positronium interactions with atoms and molecules.