By Michael W. Friedlander
Enigmatic for a few years, cosmic rays are actually identified to be no longer 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 infrequently even millions of ft underground. This booklet tells the long-running detective tale at the back of the invention and research 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 novice scientist and the expert basic reader, Michael Friedlander, a cosmic ray researcher, relates the historical past 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 fascinating phenomena, his publication makes us get together 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 thousands instances more than the power available within the strongest earthbound particle accelerators. As this seek led without warning to the invention of recent debris resembling the muon, pion, kaon, and hyperon, and because it finds scenes of striking violence within the cosmos and provides clues approximately black holes, supernovas, neutron stars, quasars, and neutrinos, we see basically why cosmic rays stay important to an astonishingly assorted variety of study reports on scales infinitesimally small and large.
Attractively illustrated, engagingly written, this can be a interesting inside of examine a technology on the middle of our realizing of our universe.