Princeton University Press, 2008, 278 pages, ISBN: 0691133093In the first fractions of a second after the Big Bang lingers a question at the heart of our very existence: why does the universe contain matter but almost no antimatter? The laws of physics tell us that equal amounts of matter and antimatter were produced in the early universe—but then something odd happened. Matter won out over antimatter; had it not, the universe today would be dark and barren.But how and when did this occur? In The Mystery of the Missing Antimatter, Helen Quinn and Yossi Nir guide readers into the very heart of this mystery—and along the way offer an exhilarating grand tour of cutting-edge physics.Prelude: The Mystery of the Missing Antimatter Constant Physics in an Evolving Universe As the Universe Expands What Is Antimatter? Enter Neutrinos Mesons Through the Looking Glass Through the Looking Antiglass The Survival of Matter Enter Quarks Energy Rules Symmetry Rules Standard Model Gauge Symmetries A Missing Piece It Still Doesn’t Work! Tools of the Trade Searching for Clues Speculations Neutrino Surprises Following the New Clues Finale
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