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How to make an apple pie from scratch : in search of the recipe for our universe-from the origins of atoms to the big bang / Harry Cliff.

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"By an experimental physicist who works on the Large Hadron Collider, a mind-altering look at the foundational questions bedeviling modern physics, among them: Where does matter come from? Carl Sagan famously said, "If you wish to make an apple pie from scratch, you must first invent the universe." But what fundamental matter is the universe made of? What banged in the Big Bang? And how did that matter arise from nothing into the world we now know? In How to Make an Apple Pie from Scratch, Harry Cliff--a University of Cambridge particle physicist, researcher on the Large Hadron Collider, and acclaimed science presenter--sets out in pursuit of answers. He ventures to the largest underground research facility in the world, deep beneath Italy's Gran Sasso mountains, where scientists look into the heart of the Sun using the most elusive of particles, the ghostly neutrino. He visits CERN in Switzerland to behold the 'Antimatter Factory,' where this stuff of science fiction is manufactured daily (and we're close to knowing whether it falls up). Cliff illuminates the history of physics and chemistry that brought us to our present understanding--and misunderstandings--of the world, while offering readers a front row seat to the dramatically unfolding quest to unlock, at long last, the secrets of our universe. A transfixing deep-dive into the origins of the world, How to Make an Apple Pie from Scratch investigates not just the makeup of our universe, but the awe-inspiring, improbable fact that it exists at all"-- Provided by publisher.
Subject: Particles (Nuclear physics) > Popular works.
Genre: Science.

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How to Make an Apple Pie from Scratch : In Search of the Recipe for Our Universe, from the Origins of Atoms to the Big Bang
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In his first popular science book, particle physicist Cliff expertly mixes chemistry, physics, a dash of astronomy, and an abundance of humor, offering everyone interested in baking and the universe the most thorough and wonderfully appealing apple pie recipe of all time (at least for the last 13.8-billion years!). The title references Carl Sagan, who once remarked, "if you wish to make an apple pie from scratch, you must first invent the universe." "From scratch" is key for Cliff, who deconstructs an apple pie, teasing out fundamental ingredients, elements and atoms, and then further dismantles atoms into their component parts. Cliff's rich use of metaphor and analogy provides readers with fascinating and easily digestible summaries of major discoveries by legendary scientific minds past and present as he masterfully reassembles the history of human understanding into an astounding confection. Set your cosmic cooker to a trillionth of a second after the Big Bang and enjoy. Cliff's review of the origins of matter and scientific mysteries still to be solved is a delicacy.

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How to Make an Apple Pie from Scratch : In Search of the Recipe for Our Universe, from the Origins of Atoms to the Big Bang
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Physicist Cliff (The Sun) takes readers on an enthusiastic tour of the universe and modern physics in this enlightening survey. Using Carl Sagan's quote, "If you wish to make an apple pie from scratch, you must first invent the universe" as a prompt, Cliff describes how the concept of the atom has changed over centuries, profiling relevant thinkers and scientists and giving accessible explanations of their research (Aristotle, for example, dismissed atomic theory in ancient Greece, while John Dalton's work with atoms in the late 18th century caused a stir). Cliff highlights the curiosity behind the experiments and discoveries that led to the modern understanding of the universe, covering the troublesome standard model of particle physics and the cutting-edge labs, "like a Bond villain's mountain lair," where experiments yield clues to the Big Bang and stellar evolution. Cliff describes complex ideas vividly and accessibly, and he's got a knack for making theory exciting. This enlightening and entertaining outing is worth savoring. (Aug.)

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Cliff (particle physics, Univ. of Cambridge) says that he was inspired by astronomer Carl Sagan to write this book, his first work of popular science. In the introduction, Cliff refers to an episode of the popular 1980 TV series Cosmos, where Sagan says, "If you wish to make an apple pie from scratch, you must first invent the universe." Cliff aims to do just that, by breaking down the apple pie into its most basic ingredients to uncover the fundamental elements of matter and tell the story of the origin of the universe. To do so, he visits various scientific sites around the globe (including the Geneva particle physics lab CERN) and delves into the groundbreaking contributions of the scientists who helped attain our current understanding of the universe. He examines the major cosmological events that eventually formed the biological materials that make up an apple pie (including the big bang, the creation of stars, and the formation of heavy elements). VERDICT Cliff is an expert writer who artfully takes on a complex subject in a comprehensible, entertaining, and humorous manner. He even describes his own childhood attempt to uncover the chemical composition of an apple pie. This fascinating work is highly recommended.--Dave Pugl, Ela Area P.L., Lake Zurich, IL


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