A Brilliant Darkness

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  • Copyright: 2009-11-24
  • Publisher: Basic Books
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On the night of March 26, 1938, nuclear physicist Ettore Majorana boarded a ship, cash and passport in hand. He was never seen again. InA Brilliant Darkness, theoretical physicist Joao Magueijo tells the story of Majorana and his research group, "the Via Panisperna Boys," who discovered atomic fission in 1934. As Majorana, the most brilliant of the group, began to realize the implications of what they had found, he became increasingly unstable. Did he commit suicide that night in Palermo? Was he kidnapped? Did he stage his own death?A Brilliant Darknesschronicles Majorana's invaluable contributions to scienceincluding his major discovery, the Majorana neutrinowhile revealing the truth behind his fascinating and tragic life.

Author Biography

João Magueijo is a lecturer in Theoretical Physics at Imperial College, London, where he was for three years a Royal Society Research Fellow. He has been a visiting researcher at the University of California at Berkeley and Princeton University, and received his doctorate in Theoretical Physics at Cambridge University. Magueijo was featured in a British television documentary, "Einstein's Biggest Blunder," which was broadcast last year. Visit the author's website at http://theory.ic.uk/~magueijo/.

Table of Contents

Prologue: A Moment of Fatigue or Moral Discomfortp. vii
Life: The Grand Inquisitor
The Attic of 251 Via Etneap. 3
Nuclear Crisisp. 18
Frankenstein's Youthp. 30
Poltergeist Exposedp. 43
Bread and Spermp. 50
Strong Interactionsp. 65
Meet Ettore Majoranap. 75
Boys Will Be Boysp. 80
Neutrinos from Transylvaniap. 92
Ode to the Vanquishedp. 101
Creation and Annihilationp. 108
The Serpent's Eggp. 118
His Unfinished Symphonyp. 127
The Hand That Rocks the Cradlep. 135
Stellar Collapsep. 142
Artichokesp. 148
Meanwhile, at Via Panispernap. 152
The Crepuscule of Via Panispernap. 164
Ettore's Neutrinop. 171
The Quiet Before the Stormp. 182
The Search Partyp. 191
Afterlife: The Dark Matter
Pagliaccip. 205
A Pirandellian Intermezzop. 211
Don't Cry for Him, Argentinap. 215
They Thought the Sun Was Sickp. 223
The Sign of the Beastp. 231
Ettore Majorana÷p. 242
A Vote of Silencep. 248
Epilogue: Mediterranean Whalesp. 253
Acknowledgmentsp. 267
Referencesp. 269
Creditsp. 271
Indexp. 273
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