Dr. Kiki's Science Hour 41

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Dr. Kiki's Science Hour
Episode 41


  • Anil Ananthaswamy is a consulting editor for New Scientist in London, where he has also worked as deputy news editor. He is also a contributor to National Geographic News. He has a Master of Science degree from the University of Washington, Seattle and worked as a software engineer in Silicon Valley before training as a journalist at the University of California, Santa Cruz.


Taking it to the edge!... Dr. Kiki's Science Hour talks about a journey to discover Physics with Anil Ananthaswamy...

THE EDGE OF PHYSICS tells the story of our quest to understand the universe, as seen through the eyes of a traveller. It's a journey to the ends of the Earth —Lake Baikal in Siberia, the Atacama Desert in the Chilean Andes, an abandoned mine in North America, Mauna Kea in Hawaii, the subterranean lair of the Large Hadron Collider near Geneva, the barren Karoo in South Africa, the frozen frontier of Antarctica and the Hanle Valley in the Indian Himalayas —in search of the telescopes, detectors and experiments that promise to shed light on the most pressing questions in physics and cosmology today.


The Edge of Physics...is, quite simply, the ultimate physics-adventure travelogue...as an adventure story and a fly-on-the-wall account of remote places that most of us will never visit, The Edge of Physics is brilliant." PhysicsWorld, 1 April 2010.

Ananthaswamy, a science writer and editor, smoothly weaves together the stories of people who help push science forward, from principal investigators to research institute gardeners, with exquisitely clear explanations of the questions they hope to solve -- and why some research can be done only at the edge of the world." ScienceNews, 10 April 2010.

The Edge of Physics is an accomplished and timely overview of modern cosmology and particle astrophysics. Ananthaswamy’s characterizations of the many physicists he meets are on the mark... Ananthaswamy conveys that cutting-edge science is a human endeavour.” Nature, 11 March 2010.

A remarkable narrative that combines fundamental physics with high adventure...The Edge of Physics is really two stories in one: a travelogue that takes the reader to some of the most desolate places on our planet, and a survey of the most urgent problems in physics and cosmology, from dark energy and string theory to multiple universes. Ananthaswamy is a worthy guide for both journeys." New Scientist, 6 March 2010.

A "stirring, scenic narrative...Part history lesson, part travel log, part adventure story, The Edge of Physics is a wonder-steeped page-turner." SEED Magazine, March 2010.

From Publishers Weekly

Despite 20th-century physics' revelations, from relativity and quantum mechanics to the physics of the atom's nucleus and the life cycles of stars, ninety-odd percent of the universe is a complete mystery, says a scientist quoted by Ananthaswamy, a consulting editor for New Scientist. Dark matter, dark energy, quantum gravity: these are the topics that keep physicists awake at night, requiring bigger, more massive, more extreme experiments to test theories and uncover clues. Anil Ananthaswamy takes readers behind the scenes of these experiments in some of the most inhospitable places in the world, leading the tour with wit and an eye for compelling detail. First is a pilgrimage to Mount Wilson Observatory, where astronomers first measured the expansion of the universe. Next we go 2,341 feet underground in a defunct Minnesota iron mine to search for particles that could reveal dark matter. Sensitive telescopes embedded in the thick ice of Siberia's Lake Baikal and Antarctica search for neutrinos. These experiments and others are heroic in every sense, and Ananthaswamy captures their excitement—and the personalities of the scientists behind them—with enthusiasm and insight. Illus. (Mar.)


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Production Information

  • Edited by: Erik
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