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A Brilliant Darkness chronicles Majorana’s invaluable contributions to science — including his major discovery, the Majorana neutrino — while revealing the truth behind his fascinating and tragic life.
Part mystery, part biography and part nuclear physics primer . Magueijo's examination of Majorana reveals a troubled, confounding man whose disappearance has inspired as many conspiracy theories as the Roswell incident.”
[Magueijo] could have easily fallen into the jargon of his profession to describe the work of a fellow scientist, but he does not. His clear explanation of Majorana's insight into nuclear physics, often accompanied with drawings and illustrations, will appeal to a wide audience.”
A Brilliant Darkness excavates Majorana's troubled life, explaining his contributions to physics and uncovering new clues about his peculiar disappearance more than 70 years ago.”
Booklist (starred review)
Magueijo explains [Majorana's] scientific theories in mercifully simple terms. But what simple terms can illuminate a tortured and unstable personality, vulnerable to bouts of depression and prone to antisocial reclusiveness? The complexities of that personality resist assimilation into any of the standard explanations suicide, kidnapping, flight, monastic retreat for Majorana's disappearance. But astounded readers will thank Magueijo for his daring venture into the science and the psyche of a perplexing figure.”
- On Sale
- Nov 24, 2009
- Page Count
- 304 pages
- Basic Books