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Lucifer's Legacy: The Meaning of Asymmetry
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Oxford Univ Pr
Publication date May 25, 2000
Pages 259
Binding Hardcover
Book category Adult Non-Fiction
ISBN-13 9780198503804
ISBN-10 0198503806
Dimensions 0.75 by 6.25 by 8.25 in.
Weight 0.90 lbs.
Availability§ Out of Print
Original list price $27.50
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Summaries and Reviews
Amazon.com description: Product Description: For many centuries, scientists have investigated the "fearful symmetry" that seemed to underlie the Universe. But increasingly, it looks as though life is the result of cosmic asymmetry, and scientists are now preparing to uncover the asymmetries at the heart of the Big Bang.
As we begin a new millennium, it becomes clearer that true understanding of our Universe will come only from identifying and understanding the asymmetries that surround us. While modern scientific theory describes a uniformly perfect and symmetrical creation, we know that were that so, matter would have been destroyed within an instant of its appearance and nothing that we now know could ever have happened. Not only cosmic life but our own everyday variety is full of other examples of asymmetry, from the human body to the molecules of life. In Lucifer's Legacy, physicist Frank Close explores the origins of asymmetry from the molecular level to the Universe at large, and asks whether this multitude of examples can be traced back to a single event that took place at the origin of our Universe. Inspired by a chance encounter with a statue of 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 at CERN to recreate the Big Bang in Switzerland in 2005 and thus to solve this mystery of the original asymmetry.
Vividly and engagingly written, Lucifer's Legacy reveals that whenever asymmetry occurs in Nature, it points towards deeper truths.


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from Oxford Univ Pr (May 25, 2000)
9780198503804 | details & prices | 259 pages | 6.25 × 8.25 × 0.75 in. | 0.90 lbs | List price $27.50
About: For many centuries, scientists have investigated the "fearful symmetry" that seemed to underlie the Universe.
Paperback
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Revised edition from Dover Pubns (January 15, 2014)
9780486491677 | details & prices | 270 pages | 5.00 × 8.00 × 0.75 in. | 0.62 lbs | List price $16.95
About: "This is Frank Close's masterpiece — his best book, and one of the very best introductions to physics for the layperson.
from Oxford Univ Pr (May 31, 2001)
9780198662679 | details & prices | 5.00 × 7.50 × 0.50 in. | 0.65 lbs | List price $14.95
About: As we begin a new millennium, it becomes clearer that true understanding of our Universe will come only from identifying and understanding the asymmetries that surround us.

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