A Brilliant Darkness by Joao Magueijo
The Extraordinary Life and Mysterious Disappearance of Ettore Majorana, the Troubled Genius of the Nuclear Age

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On the night of March 26, 1938, nuclear physicist Ettore Majorana boarded a ship, cash and passport in hand. He was never seen again. In A Brilliant Darkness, theoretical physicist João Magueijo tells the story of Majorana and his research group, “the Via Panisperna Boys,” who discovered atomic fission in 1934. As Majorana, the most brilliant of the group, began to realize the implications of what they had found, he became increasingly unstable. Did he commit suicide that night in Palermo? Was he kidnapped? Did he stage his own death?

A Brilliant Darkness chronicles Majorana’s invaluable contributions to science—including his major discovery, the Majorana neutrino—while revealing the truth behind his fascinating and tragic life.


About Joao Magueijo

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Joo Magueijo (pronounced zhwow ma-gay-zhoo) is a professor of theoretical physics at Imperial College, London. He has been a visiting scientist at the University of California at Berkeley and Princeton University, and he received his doctorate in theoretical physics at Cambridge University.
Published October 20, 2009 by Basic Books. 304 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Science & Math, History, Professional & Technical. Non-fiction

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Part mystery, part biography and part nuclear physics primer, Magueijo’s book takes readers through an investigation into the melodramatic life, work and bizarre disappearance of a troubled young physicist after he boarded a ship in Palermo on the cusp of WWII.

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