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1. Journey to the centre of the universe

1. Journey to the centre of the universe  

Frank Close

in Particle Physics: A Very Short Introduction

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May 2004
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Sep 2013
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9780191775956
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780192804341.003.0001
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chapter
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9780192804341
‘Journey to the centre of the universe’ provides a general introduction to particles, matter, and the universe. Atoms are composed of electrons orbiting a dense central nucleus. The space ... More
4. The heart of the matter

4. The heart of the matter  

Frank Close

in Particle Physics: A Very Short Introduction

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May 2004
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Sep 2013
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9780191775956
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780192804341.003.0004
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9780192804341
‘The heart of the matter’ elucidates the nature of quarks, electrons, neutrinos, and antimatter. Electrons exist in finite excitation states based on their energy levels. With enough ... More
9. The new Void

9. The new Void  

Frank Close

in Nothing: A Very Short Introduction

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Jun 2009
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Sep 2013
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9780191777004
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10.1093/actrade/9780199225866.003.0009
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Today, modern physics suggests that it is possible that the universe could have emerged out of the vacuum. The idea is that our universe could be a gigantic quantum fluctuation with total ... More
2. How big and small are big and small?

2. How big and small are big and small?  

Frank Close

in Particle Physics: A Very Short Introduction

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May 2004
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Sep 2013
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9780191775956
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10.1093/actrade/9780192804341.003.0002
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9780192804341
‘How big and small are big and small?’ puts the scale of the universe into context. The universe can range from the vast to the miniscule, and special units have been created to help aid ... More
10. Questions for the 21st century

10. Questions for the 21st century  

Frank Close

in Particle Physics: A Very Short Introduction

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May 2004
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Sep 2013
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9780191775956
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10.1093/actrade/9780192804341.003.0010
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9780192804341
‘Questions for the 21st century’ looks at current trends in particle physics research. Up to 90% of the matter in the universe remains undetected, and many theories exist to explain what ... More
9. Where has matter come from?

9. Where has matter come from?  

Frank Close

in Particle Physics: A Very Short Introduction

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May 2004
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Sep 2013
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9780191775956
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10.1093/actrade/9780192804341.003.0009
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9780192804341
‘Where has matter come from?’ explores the creation of matter, from present day nuclear fusion back to the Big Bang. The Sun consists of high temperature plasma, comprising free roaming ... More
6. The cost of free space

6. The cost of free space  

Frank Close

in Nothing: A Very Short Introduction

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Jun 2009
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Sep 2013
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9780191777004
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10.1093/actrade/9780199225866.003.0006
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9780199225866
‘The cost of free space’ considers Einstein's theory of General Relativity. Einstein realized that gravity could affect light beams. Although gravity was always present, it effectively ... More
Particle Physics: A Very Short Introduction

Particle Physics: A Very Short Introduction  

Frank Close

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May 2004
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Sep 2013
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9780191775956
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10.1093/actrade/9780192804341.001.0001
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9780192804341
Particle Physics: A Very Short Introduction takes us on a journey into the atom to examine known particles such as quarks, electrons, and the ghostly neutrino. Along the way ... More
8. Exotic matter (and antimatter)

8. Exotic matter (and antimatter)  

Frank Close

in Particle Physics: A Very Short Introduction

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May 2004
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Sep 2013
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9780191775956
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10.1093/actrade/9780192804341.003.0008
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9780192804341
‘Exotic matter (and antimatter)’ investigates the existence of different generations of particles. In the middle of the twentieth century, cosmic rays provided a source of quarks that had ... More
7. The forces of Nature

7. The forces of Nature  

Frank Close

in Particle Physics: A Very Short Introduction

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May 2004
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Sep 2013
eISBN: 
9780191775956
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780192804341.003.0007
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9780192804341
‘The forces of nature’ examines the forces which act on a subatomic level. Four fundamental forces rule the universe: gravity, electromagnetic force, and the strong and weak forces. Gravity ... More

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