From a star theoretical physicist, a journey into the world of particle physics and the cosmos -- and a call for a more just practice of science.
Black Hole Blues by Janna Levin
Call Number: QC179 .L48 2017
Publication Date: 2016-03-29
The authoritative story of the headline-making discovery of gravitational waves--by an eminent theoretical astrophysicist and award-winning writer. In 1916, Einstein predicted the existence of gravitational waves, his top priority after he proposed his theory of curved spacetime. One century later, we are recording the first sounds from space, the soundtrack to accompany astronomy's silent movie. In Black Hole Blues and Other Songs from Outer Space, Janna Levin recounts the fascinating story of the obsessions, the aspirations, and the trials of the scientists who embarked on an arduous, fifty-year endeavor to capture these elusive waves.
CERN: How We Found the Higgs Boson by Michael Krause
Call Number: QC793 .K73 2014
Publication Date: 2014-09-30
This informative and entertaining book provides a broad look at the fascinating history of CERN, and the physicists working in different areas at CERN who were active in the discovery of the Higgs Boson.
Inside CERN's Large Hadron Collider by Campanelli Mario
Call Number: QC787.P73 C36 2016
Publication Date: 2016
The development of particle physics -- A short history of CERN -- The challenges of the LHC -- Particle detectors in the LHC -- QCD and standard model physics -- The discovery of the Higgs boson -- The human factor -- Technological spin-offs.
The Jazz of Physics by Stephon Alexander
Call Number: QB981 .A54 2017
Publication Date: 2017-12-05
More than fifty years ago, John Coltrane drew the twelve musical notes in a circle and connected them by straight lines, forming a five-pointed star. Inspired by Einstein, Coltrane put physics and geometry at the core of his music. Physicist and jazz musician Stephon Alexander follows suit, using jazz to answer physics' most vexing questions about the past and future of the universe. Following the great minds that first drew the links between music and physics-a list including Pythagoras, Kepler, Newton, Einstein, and Rakim-The Jazz of Physics reveals that the ancient poetic idea of the Music of the Spheres.
The Meaning of J. Robert Oppenheimer by Lindsey Michael Banco
Call Number: QC16.O62 B36 2016
Publication Date: 2016-05-15
Physicist J. Robert Oppenheimer, the scientific director of the Manhattan Project, the single most recognizable face of the atomic bomb, and a man whose name has become almost synonymous with Cold War American nuclear science, was and still is a conflicted, controversial figure who has come to represent an equally ambivalent technology. The Meanings of J. Robert Oppenheimer examines how he has been represented over the past seven decades in biographies, histories, fiction, comics, photographs, film, television, documentaries, theater, and museums. Lindsey Michael Banco gathers an unprecedented group of cultural texts and seeks to understand the multiple meanings Oppenheimer has held in American popular culture since 1945.
The Newton Papers by Sarah Dry
Call Number: QC16.N7 D79 2014
Publication Date: 2014-05-09
In The Newton Papers, Sarah Dry illuminates the tangled history of these private writings over the course of nearly three hundred years, from the long span of Newton's own life into the present day. The writings, on subjects ranging from secret alchemical formulas to impassioned rejections of the Holy Trinity, would eventually come to light as they moved through the hands of relatives, collectors, and scholars. The story of their disappearance, dispersal, and rediscovery is populated by a diverse cast of characters who pursued and possessed the papers, from economist John Maynard Keynes to controversial Jewish Biblical scholar Abraham Yahuda. Dry's captivating narrative moves between these varied personalities, depicting how, as they chased the image of Newton through the thickets of his various obsessions, these men became obsessed themselves with the allure of defining the "true"Newton.
Reality Is Not What It Seems by Carlo Rovelli; Simon Carnell (Translator); Erica Segre (Translator)
Call Number: Babbidge Library QC178 .R69313 2017
Publication Date: 2017-01-24
What are the elementary ingredients of the world? Do time and space exist? And what exactly is reality? Theoretical physicist Carlo Rovelli has spent his life exploring these questions. He tells us how our understanding of reality has changed over the centuries and how physicists think about the structure of the universe today. In elegant and accessible prose, Rovelli takes us on a wondrous journey from Democritus to Albert Einstein, from Michael Faraday to gravitational waves, and from classical physics to his own work in quantum gravity.. Rovelli invites us to imagine a marvelous world where space breaks up into tiny grains, time disappears at the smallest scales, and black holes are waiting to explode--a vast universe still largely undiscovered.
Storm in a Teacup : The Physics of Everyday Life by Helen Czerski
Call Number: QC75 .C94 2017
Publication Date: 2017-01-10
Take a look up at the stars on a clear night and you get a sense that the universe is vast and untouchable, full of mysteries beyond comprehension. But did you know that the key to unveiling the secrets of the cosmos is as close as the nearest toaster? Our home here on Earth is messy, mutable, and full of humdrum things that we touch and modify without much thought every day. But these familiar surroundings are just the place to look if you're interested in what makes the universe tick. In Storm in a Teacup, Helen Czerski provides the tools to alter the way we see everything around us by linking ordinary objects and occurrences, like popcorn popping, coffee stains, and fridge magnets, to big ideas like climate change, the energy crisis, or innovative medical testing.
A Student's Guide to Waves by Daniel Fleisch; Laura Kinnaman
Call Number: QC157 .F54 2015
Publication Date: 2015-04-09
Waves are an important topic in the fields of mechanics, electromagnetism, and quantum theory, but many students struggle with the mathematical aspects. Written to complement course textbooks, this book focuses on the topics that students find most difficult. Retaining the highly popular approach used in Fleisch's other Student's Guides, the book uses plain language to explain fundamental ideas in a simple and clear way.
The Telescope in the Ice : Inventing a New Astronomy at the South Pole by Mark Bowen
Located near the U. S. Amundsen-Scott Research Station at the geographic South Pole, IceCube is unlike most telescopes in that it is not designed to detect light. It employs a cubic kilometer of diamond-clear ice, more than a mile beneath the surface, to detect an elementary particle known as the neutrino. In 2010, it detected the first extraterrestrial high-energy neutrinos from outer space and thus gave birth to a new field of astronomy. IceCube is also the largest particle physics detector ever built. Its scientific goals span not only astrophysics and cosmology but also pure particle physics. Neutrino physics is perhaps the most active field in particle physics today, and IceCube is at the forefront.