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The second kind of impossible : the extraordinary quest for a new form of matter, Paul J. Steinhardt

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The second kind of impossible : the extraordinary quest for a new form of matter
Title
The second kind of impossible
Title remainder
the extraordinary quest for a new form of matter
Statement of responsibility
Paul J. Steinhardt
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Language
eng
Summary
  • "One of the most fascinating scientific detective stories of the last fifty years, an exciting quest for a new form of matter. The Second Kind of Impossible reads like James Gleick's Chaos combined with an Indiana Jones adventure"--
  • "One or the most stunning scientific detective stories of the last fifty years ... . When world-renowned physicist Paul Steinhardt began his career in the 1980s, scientists thought they had identified all the possible types of matter. The issue had been settled science for centuries. But when Steinhardt pursued a wild fantasy he first imagined as a curious teenager, it led to a radical new theory, predicting an astonishing form of matter that broke all the established rules. The breakthrough would launch him on a thirty-five-year quest to prove the substance's existence in the natural world. [This] is the untold story of Steinhardt's odyssey and a candid account of the brilliant, and often bruising, battles that take place behind the scenes of scientific progress. Steinhardt and his stellar team of researchers encounter international smugglers, corrupt scientists, secret diaries, fraudulent traders, political intrigue, and Russian security agents. Their search culminates in a daring expedition to one of the most inhospitable regions on Earth, pursuing tiny fragments of a meteorite forged at the birth of the solar system. Steinhardt and his team chart a new direction in science. They not only change our ideas about the fundamentals of matter but also reveal new truths about the processes that shaped our solar system. The underlying science is deceptively simple, unexpectedly beautiful, and nothing short of revolutionary. Steinhardt's firsthand account is a scientific thriller of the first order."--Dust jacket
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Steinhardt, Paul J
Dewey number
530.4/1
Index
index present
LC call number
QC176
LC item number
.S76 2019
Literary form
non fiction
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  • Solid state physics
  • Physicists
  • Interstellar matter
  • Matter
  • Interstellar matter
  • Matter
  • Physicists
  • Solid state physics
  • BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Science & Technology
  • SCIENCE / Physics / Crystallography
  • Interstellar matter
  • Solid state physics
  • Physicists
  • Matter
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The second kind of impossible : the extraordinary quest for a new form of matter, Paul J. Steinhardt
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Includes index
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volume
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  • nc
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rdacarrier
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text
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  • txt
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rdacontent
Contents
Part I: Making the impossible possible. Impossible! ; The Penrose puzzle ; Finding the loophole ; A tale of two laboratories ; Something exciting to show you ; Perfectly impossible -- Part II: The quest begins. Did nature beat us? ; Luca ; Quasi-happy new year ; When you say impossible ; Blue team vs. red team ; A capricious if not overtly malicious God ; The secret secret diary ; Valery Kryachko ; Something rare surrounding something impossible ; Icosahedrite -- Part III: Kamchatka or bust. Lost ; Found ; Ninety-nine percent ; Beating the odds ; L'uomo dei miracoli ; Nature's secret
Dimensions
22 cm
Edition
First Simon & Schuster hardcover edition.
Extent
viii, 387 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9781476729930
Lccn
2019000233
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unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations (some color)
System control number
  • (OCoLC)989964529
  • (YBP)ybp14553060
Label
The second kind of impossible : the extraordinary quest for a new form of matter, Paul J. Steinhardt
Publication
Copyright
Note
Includes index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Part I: Making the impossible possible. Impossible! ; The Penrose puzzle ; Finding the loophole ; A tale of two laboratories ; Something exciting to show you ; Perfectly impossible -- Part II: The quest begins. Did nature beat us? ; Luca ; Quasi-happy new year ; When you say impossible ; Blue team vs. red team ; A capricious if not overtly malicious God ; The secret secret diary ; Valery Kryachko ; Something rare surrounding something impossible ; Icosahedrite -- Part III: Kamchatka or bust. Lost ; Found ; Ninety-nine percent ; Beating the odds ; L'uomo dei miracoli ; Nature's secret
Dimensions
22 cm
Edition
First Simon & Schuster hardcover edition.
Extent
viii, 387 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9781476729930
Lccn
2019000233
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations (some color)
System control number
  • (OCoLC)989964529
  • (YBP)ybp14553060

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