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If you are not already in love with the neutrino hunters who are spread all around the globe, trying to understand how matter came into existence, after this book, you will be. You won't be able to help falling in love with:
- The simple way in which Jayawardhana walks you through the science
- The wonderful history he provides of a few scientists (see end of review for his history of Paul Dirac**)
- His EXCELLENT explanations of the experiments going on right now (and making news!)
- And his ability to convey the implication of all of it -- the history, the science, the testing.
Neutrinos themselves might hold the answer to how everything we see today, every last bit of matter, might have come into existence. Neutrinos might have been the key regulator to ensure that you exist today to read this book. Often the articles, even the short blurbs from PopSci sites, require the reader to have at least some education in physics. Jayawardhana will give you all the prerequisite education you need to understand the new and exciting experiments that have been making the news as of late. I will post links to articles below.
**One of my favorite asides in the book was Jayawardhana's depiction of Paul Dirac, who won the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1933, but was so shy, he tried to refuse the award so he didn't have to go the ceremony. He hated personal attention that much.
Physicists seemed to appreciate his physics but were often annoyed because when they met with him in person, he would barely say anything. Colleagues coined the term "the Dirac" to define the fewest number of words a person could mutter per hour while still taking part in the conversation.
Loved this book!