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Close, F. E.

Works: 254 works in 805 publications in 12 languages and 28,078 library holdings
Genres: History  Popular works  Biography  Conference papers and proceedings  Biographies 
Roles: Author, Collector, Editor, Thesis advisor, Author of introduction, Creator, Contributor
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The void by F. E Close( )

32 editions published between 2007 and 2018 in 6 languages and held by 3,775 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"'Nature abhors a vacuum', or so it was believed. From early efforts to create a perfect vacuum, the exploration of nothingness has driven scientists towards a deeper understanding of the nature of matter, space and time. From this striving came the development of the concept of fields, and the idea of the 'aether', which was thought to permeate all space, and was blown away by Einstein's work on relativity. Subsequent developments show that nothingness may be richer still, a seething vacuum full of virtual particles appearing and disappearing, and something like the old aether may be making a comeback as the 'Higgs Field'. The structure of even spacetime itself may be far more complex than meets the eye." "In this book, particle physicist and writer Frank Close tells the story of scientists' efforts to understand the Void. It is an account that begins with the ancient Greek philosophers and takes us through to the frontiers of modern science; from the absolute zero of temperature to the unimaginable heat of the Big Bang; from quantum uncertainty and curled up dimensions to the vastness of the cosmos. We are discovering that by seeking to understand the nature of the Void, we are confronting the enigma of why anything should exist at all."--Jacket
Neutrino by F. E Close( )

27 editions published between 2010 and 2012 in 6 languages and held by 2,390 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Discusses the development of the theory of the existence of neutrinos, and examines the struggle to detect and understand the tiny particles
Nothing : a very short introduction by F. E Close( )

24 editions published between 2008 and 2016 in 4 languages and held by 2,379 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"What is 'nothing'? What remains when you take the matter--the Earth, the Moon, and the stars--away? Can empty space--a void--exist? This Very Short Introduction explores the science and history of the nature of nothing: from Aristotle who insisted that the vacuum was impossible, via the theories of Newton and Einstein, to our very latest discoveries and why they can tell us extraordinary things about the cosmos."--Inside front cover
Antimatter by F. E Close( )

35 editions published between 2009 and 2018 in 6 languages and held by 2,318 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Antimatter consists of particles that are mirror images of those of matter. And should a particle of antimatter meet its matter counterpart, both are annihilated in a spectacular burst of energy. Science fiction? No, science fact
Too hot to handle : the race for cold fusion by F. E Close( Book )

36 editions published between 1990 and 2016 in English and held by 1,927 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The story of the cold fusion controversy surrounding the work of Martin Fleischmann and Stanley Pons
Particle physics : a very short introduction by F. E Close( )

18 editions published between 2004 and 2012 in English and Czech and held by 1,912 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In this compelling introduction to the fundamental particles that make up the universe, Frank Close takes us on a journey into the atom to examine known particles such as quarks, electrons, and the ghostly neutrino. He also investigates the forces of nature, accelerators and detectors, and the intriguing future of particle physics. This book is essential reading for general readers interested in popular science, students of physics, and scientists at all levels
The particle odyssey : a journey to the heart of the matter by F. E Close( )

27 editions published between 2002 and 2007 in English and held by 1,903 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

With more than three hundred illustrations, The particle odyssey takes us on an exhilarating tour of the subatomic world. The pictures here are truly marvelous--over 100 of the best images ever taken of particle 'events'--mysterious, abstract, often beautiful photographs of the tracks of subatomic particles as they speed, curve, dance, or explode through cloud and bubble chambers, stacks of photographic emulsion, and giant multi-element detectors. There are illustrations of spiraling electrons, the tell-tale 'vees' of strange particles, matter and antimatter born from raw energy, energetic jets of particles spraying out from the decay points of quarks and gluons. Complementing the illustrations is a vividly written account of the key experiments and fundamental discoveries that have led to our current understanding of the nature of the universe. There are individual portraits of all the major subatomic particles, from the electron to the newly discovered top quark. The authors describe the history of experimental particle physics: its origins in the discovery of X-rays in 1895; the dissection of the atom by Rutherford and others; the unexpected revelations of the cosmic rays; the discovery of quarks and the rise of the 'standard model' in the last part of the 20th century
The particle explosion by F. E Close( Book )

36 editions published between 1986 and 1994 in English and held by 1,522 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Examines the subatomic world, the science of particle physics, and its attempt to understand the very nature of matter and energy
The infinity puzzle : quantum field theory and the hunt for an orderly universe by F. E Close( Book )

19 editions published between 2011 and 2013 in English and held by 1,335 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Speculation is rife that by 2012 the elusive Higgs boson will be found at the Large Hadron Collider. If found, the Higgs boson would help explain why everything has mass. But there's more at stake-what we're really testing is our capacity to make the universe reasonable. Our best understanding of physics is predicated on something known as quantum field theory. Unfortunately, in its raw form, it doesn't make sense-its outputs are physically impossible infinite percentages when they should be something simpler, like the number 1. The kind of physics that the Higgs boson represents seeks to "renormalize" field theory, forcing equations to provide answers that match what we see in the real world. The Infinity Puzzle is the story of a wild idea on the road to acceptance. Only Close can tell it
Lucifer's legacy : the meaning of asymmetry by F. E Close( Book )

33 editions published between 2000 and 2014 in 4 languages and held by 1,249 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In Lucifer's Legacy, physicist and broadcaster Frank Close explores the origins of asymmetry from life to the Universe at large, and asks whether this multitude of examples can be traced back to a single act that took place at the origin of our Universe. Inspired by a chance meeting with Lucifer in the Tuillerie gardens in Paris, Close takes the reader on a sweeping tour of asymmetry in the world around us, from the development of human embryos to the mysterious Higgs boson. His tour culminates in the research now underway in Switzerland, where scientists are preparing an experiment to recreate the Big Bang and hope to resolve the mystery of the original asymmetry
Half life : the divided life of Bruno Pontecorvo, physicist or spy by F. E Close( Book )

21 editions published between 2014 and 2016 in 3 languages and held by 1,057 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Bruno Pontecorvo dedicated his career to hunting for the Higgs boson of his day-- the neutrino, a nearly massless particle considered essential to the process of nuclear fission. His work on the Manhattan project under Enrico Fermi confirmed his reputation as a brilliant physicist and helped usher in the nuclear age. He should have won a Nobel Prize, but late in the summer of 1950 he vanished. At the height of the Cold War, Pontecorvo had disappeared behind the Iron Curtain. In Half-Life, physicist and historian Frank Close offers a heretofore untold history of Pontecorvo's life, based on unprecedented access to his friends, family, and colleagues. With all the elements of a Cold War thriller-- classified atomic research, an infamous double agent, a kidnapping by Soviet operatives-- Half-Life is a history of particle physics at perhaps its most powerful: when it created the bomb
Electromagnetic interactions and hadronic structure by F. E Close( )

15 editions published between 2007 and 2009 in English and held by 758 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The distribution of quarks within protons and neutrons, their interactions, and how they define the properties of protons, neutrons and nuclei, are subjects of major research worldwide. Written by leading experts in the field, both theoretical and experimental, this book provides an authoritative overview on the subject. The emphasis throughout the book is on phenomenology, and the book concentrates on describing the main features of the experimental data and the theoretical ideas used in their interpretation. Sections on chiral perturbation theory, crucial in understanding soft pions and soft photons near threshold, and duality ideas, equally crucial at intermediate energies, are included. This is an essential reference for graduate students and researchers in the field of particle physics and electromagnetic interactions
Theories of everything by F. E Close( )

8 editions published between 2017 and 2018 in English and Italian and held by 709 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Frank Close takes the reader to the frontiers of science in a vividly told investigation of revolutionary science and enterprise from the seventeenth century to the present. He looks at what has been meant by theories of everything, explores the scientific breakthroughs they have allowed, and shows the far-reaching effects they have had on crucial aspects of life and belief. Theories of everything, he argues, can be described as those which draw on all relevant branches of knowledge to explain everything known about the universe. Such accounts may reign supreme for centuries. Then, often as a result of the advances they themselves have enabled, a new discovery is made which the current theory cannot explain. A new theory is needed which inspiration, sometimes, supplies. Moving from Isaac Newton's work on gravity and motion in the seventeenth century to thermodynamics and James Clerk Maxwell's laws of electromagnetism in the nineteenth to Max Planck's and Paul Dirac's quantum physics in the twentieth, Professor Close turns finally to contemporary physics and the power and limitations of the current theory of everything. The cycle in which one theory of everything is first challenged and then replaced by another is continuing right now
The cosmic onion : quarks and the nature of the universe by F. E Close( Book )

37 editions published between 1983 and 2007 in English and held by 701 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The new cosmic onion : quarks and the nature of the universe by F. E Close( Book )

18 editions published between 2006 and 2017 in English and held by 653 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Not since Newton's apple has there been a physics phenomenon as appealing to the masses as was the first edition of this book. Widely embraced by scientists and laypersons alike, the book quickly became an international bestseller, has been translated into seven languages, and propelled the author to become a recognized popular science celebrity around the world. Much has changed since the original publication in 1983, and this new edition has been extensively revised and updated to reflect the new view of the universe. Keeping the best contents from the previous work, it includes extensive new material explaining the scientific challenges at the start of this century
An introduction to quarks and partons by F. E Close( Book )

39 editions published between 1979 and 1989 in English and Russian and held by 641 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Eclipse : journeys to the dark side of the moon by F. E Close( Book )

8 editions published between 2016 and 2017 in English and held by 604 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

On August 21st, over one hundred million people will gather across the USA to witness the most-watched total solar eclipse in history. Eclipse: Journeys to the Dark Side of the Moon, by popular science author Frank Close, describes the spellbinding allure of this beautiful natural phenomenon. The book explains why eclipses happen, reveals their role in history, literature and myth, and introduces us to eclipse chasers, who travel with ecstatic fervor to some of the most inaccessible places on the globe. The book also includes the author's quest to solve a 3000-year-old mystery: how did the moon move backward during a total solar eclipse, as claimed in the Book of Joshua? Eclipse is also the story of how a teacher inspired the author, aged eight, to pursue a career in science and a love affair with eclipses that has taken him to a war zone in the Western Sahara, the South Pacific, and the African bush. The tale comes full circle with another eight-year old boy - the author's grandson - at the 2017 great American eclipse. Readers of all ages will be drawn to this inspirational chronicle of the mesmerizing experience of total solar eclipse
Apocalypse when? : cosmic catastrophe and the fate of the universe by F. E Close( Book )

4 editions published between 1988 and 1989 in English and held by 436 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Nuclear physics : a very short introduction by F. E Close( Book )

8 editions published in 2015 in English and German and held by 330 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Nuclear physics began long before the identification of fundamental particles, with J.J. Thomson's discovery of the electron at the end of the 19th century, which implied the existence of a positive charge in the atom to make it neutral. --
Spectroscopy of light and heavy quarks by International School of Physics with Low Energy Antiprotons on Spectroscopy of Light and Heavy Quarks( Book )

7 editions published in 1989 in English and held by 167 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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The void
NeutrinoNothing : a very short introductionAntimatterToo hot to handle : the race for cold fusionParticle physics : a very short introductionThe particle odyssey : a journey to the heart of the matterThe particle explosionLucifer's legacy : the meaning of asymmetry
Alternative Names
Close, F.E.

Close, F. E. 1945-

Close, Frank

Close, Frank 1945-

Close Frank E.

Close, Frank E. 1945-

Close, Frank Edwin

Close, Frank (Frank E.), 1945-

Frank Close britischer Physiker

Frank Close Brits natuurkundige

Frank Close physicien britannique

Klouz, F.

Klouz, F. 1945-

Klūz, Frānk

Клоуз, Ф 1945-

Клоуз, Ф. (Франк), 1945-

فرانك كلوز

فرانك كلوز، 1945-

فرانک کلوز

فرانک کلوز فیزیک‌دان و نویسنده بریتانیایی

كلوز، فرنك، 1945-

클로우스, 프랭크

クローズ, F

クローズ, フランク