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The Magicians

The Magicians

ISBN
9780571346387
Published
20/02/2020
9780571346387
Format
Hardback
Price
£14.99
Paperback
304

About the Book

‘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, using mathematics, 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 Wolfgang Pauli's elusive neutrino, acclaimed science writer 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 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, using mathematics, 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 Wolfgang Pauli's elusive neutrino, acclaimed science writer 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

    Marcus Chown is an award-winning writer and broadcaster. Formerly a radio astronomer at the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, he is currently cosmology consultant of the weekly science magazine New Scientist.

    He is the author of the bestselling Quantum Theory Cannot Hurt You, The Never Ending Days of Being Dead and The Magic Furnace. He also wrote The Solar System, the bestselling app for iPad, which won the Future Book Award 2011.

    Marcus Chown has also written a work for children, Felicity Frobisher and the Three-Headed Aldebaran Dust Devil.

“Leads the reader through many of the wonders of twentieth century physics with a light and sometimes quirky touch ... It is so full of little insights and neat analogies that I found myself folding over the top corners of countless pages containing quotable passages. What is remarkable is the number of new ways Marcus Chown has found to explain difficult and often abstract concepts. This is what good popular science writing is all about. ”
- Jim Al-Khalili (On Quantum Theory Cannot Hurt You)
“In this elegantly written book, Marcus Chown takes you to the heart of the most challenging concepts known to man and makes you feel that understanding is truly within your grasp.”
- Brian May (On Quantum Theory Cannot Hurt You)

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