Half Life

Half Life

The Divided Life of Bruno Pontecorvo, Physicist or Spy

Book - 2015
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Bruno Pontecorvo dedicated his career to hunting for the Higgs boson of his day: the neutrino, a nearly massless particle considered essential to the process of nuclear fission. His work on the Manhattan project under Enrico Fermi confirmed his reputation as a brilliant physicist and helped usher in the nuclear age. He should have won a Nobel Prize, but late in the summer of 1950 he vanished. At the height of the Cold War, Pontecorvo had disappeared behind the Iron Curtain. In Half-Life, physicist and historian Frank Close offers a heretofore untold history of Pontecorvo's life, based on unprecedented access to his friends, family, and colleagues. With all the elements of a Cold War thriller--classified atomic research, an infamous double agent, a kidnapping by Soviet operatives--Half-Life is a history of particle physics at perhaps its most powerful: when it created the bomb
Publisher: New York, NY : Basic Books, a member or the Perseus Books Group, 2015
ISBN: 9780465069989
Branch Call Number: 530 P81
Characteristics: xix, 378 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm


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