A Positron Named Priscilla is a book of wonder, offering a fascinating, readable overview of cutting-edge investigations by many of today's leading young scientists. Written for anyone who loves science, this volume reports on some of the most exciting recent discoveries and advances in fields from astronomy to molecular biology.
This new book is from one of the world's most prestigious scientific institutions, the National Academy of Sciences. The Academy provides an annual forum for the brightest young investigators to exchange ideas across disciplines—an exchange that was the spark for A Positron Named Priscilla.
Each chapter is authored by a popular science writer who offers helpful historical perspectives, clear and well-illustrated explanations of current scientific thinking, and previews of future developments. The scope of topics and breadth of discussion ensure interest at all levels. Topics include:
A Positron Named Priscilla is a "must" read for anyone who wants to keep up with a broad range of scientific endeavor.
Table of Contents
|A Positron Named Priscilla||1-1|
|1 Shake, Rattle, and Shine: New Methods of Probing the Sun||2-33|
|2 A Positron Named Priscilla: Trapping and Manipulating Atoms||34-59|
|3 AIDS: Solving the Molecular Puzzle||60-97|
|4 Doubling Up: How the Genetic Code Replicates Itself||98-123|
|6 Clocks in the Earth? The Science of Earthquake Prediction||154-195|
|7 The Mathematical Microscope: Waves, Wavelets, and Beyond||196-235|
|8 A Family Affair: The Top Quark and the Higgs Particle||236-257|
|9 Bouncing Balls of Carbon: The Discovery and Promise of Fullerences||258-289|
|10 Fold, Spindle, and Regulate: How Proteins Work||290-315|
|Appendix A: Abstracts of Additional Sessions of the Frontiers of Science of Science Symposia||316-327|
|Appendix B: Symposia Programs||328-331|
|Appendix C: About the Authors||332-334|
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