The spellbinding story of the 'magicians': scientists whose eureka breakthroughs in modern physics reveal science's mysterious predictive power.
'Marcus Chown rocks!' - Brian May
How does it feel to know something about the universe that no one has ever known before? And why is mathematics so magically good at revealing nature's secrets?
This is the story of the magicians: the scientists who predicted the existence of unknown planets, black holes, invisible force fields, ripples in the fabric of space-time, unsuspected subatomic particles, and even antimatter.
The journey from prediction to proof transports us from seats of learning in Paris and Cambridge to the war-torn Russian front, to bunkers beneath nuclear reactors, observatories in Berlin and California, and huge tunnels under the Swiss-French border. From electromagnetism to Einstein's gravitational waves to the elusive neutrino, Marcus Chown takes us on a breathtaking, mind-altering tour of the major breakthroughs of modern physics and highlights science's central mystery: its astonishing predictive power.
Praise for Marcus Chown:
'What good popular science writing is all about.' - Jim Al-Khalili
'Pretty wonderful.' - Richard Dawkins
'Entertaining and at times mind-boggling.' - The Times
Marcus Chown is an award-winning science writer and broadcaster. Formerly a radio astronomer at the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, he is now cosmology consultant for the New Scientist. He is the author of Solar System for iPad, which won a Bookseller Award for Digital Innovation. His acclaimed books include What a Wonderful World, Quantum Theory Cannot Hurt You, We Need to Talk about Kelvin and The Ascent of Gravity, which was a Sunday Times Science Book of the Year. He lives in London.
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