The Mystery of the Missing Antimatter by Helen R. Quinn
(Science Essentials (Princeton Hardcover))

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In the first fractions of a second after the Big Bang lingers a question at the heart of our very existence: why does the universe contain matter but almost no antimatter? The laws of physics tell us that equal amounts of matter and antimatter were produced in the early universe—but then something odd happened. Matter won out over antimatter; had it not, the universe today would be dark and barren.

But how and when did this occur? In The Mystery of the Missing Antimatter, Helen Quinn and Yossi Nir guide readers into the very heart of this mystery—and along the way offer an exhilarating grand tour of cutting-edge physics.


About Helen R. Quinn

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Helen R. Quinn is professor of physics at the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center at Stanford University. A member of the National Academy of Sciences, she is the coauthor of "The Charm of Strange Quarks: Mysteries and Revolutions of Particle Physics". Yossi Nir is professor of physics at the Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel.
Published January 6, 2008 by Princeton University Press. 296 pages
Genres: Professional & Technical, Science & Math. Non-fiction

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Using remarkably clear prose and analogies drawn from everyday experience (hunting for rabbits, waves crashing into a sea wall), physicists Quinn and Nir (of the Stanford Linear Accelerator and the We

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As the book’s title suggests, they focus on the third question: if antimatter is, from a physics standpoint, the mirror image of matter, why is there so little antimatter in the universe?

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