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The Neutrino: Ghost Particle of the Atom

4.13  ·  Rating details ·  105 ratings  ·  12 reviews
Mass Market Paperback, 223 pages
Published April 1st 1983 by Avon Books (first published January 1st 1969)
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Jul 09, 2012 rated it it was ok
As a child, I adored Asimov's non-fiction, so I snatched this up when I saw it at a book sale. Alas, I guess my tastes have changed, or the modern "narrative non-fiction" trend has left me with a lower tolerance for straight-up nonfiction.

I was glad I'd read "Alice in Quantumland" first and I'm really interested to see how the science has changed since Asimov wrote about the neutrino in 1965. Some things were very cutely dated, such as the long drawn-out explanation of the metric system, assumin
David H. Friedman
Oct 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: physics
In his usual thorough, graceful, magisterial manner
Isaac Asimov describes the discover of the Neutrino, a
particle which, invented to make the bookkeeping come
out, delightfully deigned to exist.

The first half of this short book describes the nature
of the scientific endeavor: careful observation,
inference and generalization of principles, which guide
further observation and theorizing. These
generalizations, labeled Laws of Nature, are so useful
that when new observations seem to viol
Kesa Kesan
Sep 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
great experience in neutrons
G. Branden
Dec 06, 2014 rated it really liked it
A brief (< 200 pages), comfortably-paced primer on physics, with the unifying theme being conservation laws.

Dated less than one might expect, but the modern terms "boson" and "hadron" are not used.

Descriptions of several particle-generation and -detection apparati were intensely interesting, but not consistently covered. We are told how to set up a neutron source (all you need is a fission reactor, which as Doc Brown assured us, you can get at every corner store since 1985), but some material ne
Jun 12, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: any one interested in understanding the basic comcepts of sub-atomic particles
Asimov assumes little as he takes you step by step through the basic concepts required to understand the workings of sub-atomic particles. The material is somewhat dated, for today we have a more developed outline for the "Standard Model in Particle Phisics", check out

including a clearer view of these ghost particles. However, if you have seen any of the current science programs on T.V. that detail the latest discoveries about neutrinos
Jun 30, 2008 rated it liked it
Shelves: science-math
As a kid, I slogged through this one for a while and eventually gave up. Many don't know that Asimov was a scientist first, then a fiction writer. He's written about everything under the sun: science, science fiction, the Bible, short stories, mysteries, Shakespeare, and so on. But this one is pure science, and even though I was always up to the challenge, this was a bit too much for my adolescent mind.
Jan 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This is one of my favorite books from childhood. It's non-fiction, but was my first introduction to particle physics, a love that still remains today. I've followed particle physics for over thirty years now since this reading. Asimov does such a great job of taking a complex subject and making it not only understandable, but fascinating for everyone, no matter your knowledge of physics.
Nick Sweeting
May 06, 2014 rated it really liked it
Slightly dated, very well written and easy to understand though. Very general, doesn't only cover the Neutrino. Asimov as a Non-Fiction writer is interesting, I wish he wrote all my textbooks!
Mar 03, 2011 rated it really liked it
A little dated, but a fantastic primer on particle physics. In typical Asimov fashion, it is understandable by people with no physics and only a little bit of math.
Feb 16, 2013 rated it really liked it
This is of course dated now, but is very accessible, a good, honest, lay introduction to then-modern physics.
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Shelves: non-fiction
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Shelves: physics
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Isaac Asimov was a Russian-born, American author, a professor of biochemistry, and a highly successful writer, best known for his works of science fiction and for his popular science books.

Professor Asimov is generally considered one of the most prolific writers of all time, having written or edited more than 500 books and an estimated 90,000 letters and postcards. He has works published in nine o

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