Chasing the Ghost

Nobelist Fred Reines and the Neutrino

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Pub Date 30 Apr 2021 | Archive Date 07 May 2021

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A mixture of memoir and biography, Chasing the Ghost: Nobelist Fred Reines and the Neutrino tells a deeply human story that appeals both to scientists and non-scientists. Although the book relates to the important discovery of neutrinos, it is more intimately about Fred Reines than the technical details of neutrino physics. Narrated in a fashion to interest and excite the reader, the science presented here is accessible to a broad audience. Coursing through Reines' life, his various challenges and encounters, the book reveals constants of his persona. Reines displayed a sustained consistency as a respected leader, admired by students and colleagues as a fount of big ideas and ambition. A continuing source of inspiration and motivation to others, his most basic consistency was his passion for science. The quest for knowledge about the wondrous universe is a profoundly human endeavor. Fred Reines' life and his unremitting scientific curiosity are emblematic of that truth.

A mixture of memoir and biography, Chasing the Ghost: Nobelist Fred Reines and the Neutrino tells a deeply human story that appeals both to scientists and non-scientists. Although the book relates to...


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"Cole chronicles Reines’ extraordinary accomplishment in all its iterations… [He] deftly produces a 'mixture of memoir and biography’ and, as a result, the entire work is infused with a spirit of loving admiration...A thoughtful and informative account of a scientific giant.”—Kirkus Reviews

"Cole chronicles Reines’ extraordinary accomplishment in all its iterations… [He] deftly produces a 'mixture of memoir and biography’ and, as a result, the entire work is infused with a spirit of...


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A memoir on the search for and discovery of the Neutrino, a particle with no mass, invisible, and is everywhere, passing through everything. The search for the neutrino is important, as it might give us clues about the creation of the universe and life itself. The story follows one of the leading scientists behind the neutrino, Fred Reines. This is a biography written by his nephew who interviewed family members and scientific colleagues as well as collected letters and pictures of the scientist and the projects he was involved in. The story touches on the Manhattan Project and journeys down to a lab built in the deepest gold mine in South Africa and talks about the political interferences there and in general in regards to scientific communities around the world. This book is written for people who are not physics savvy. I found it interesting to read, and even caught myself reading it late into the night. I found it interesting how Fred Reines, as well as many scientists in history integrate art in their lives apart from their daily work. I was unable to find this book on goodreads to review

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Rainbows and Things course "I have done something very bad today by proposing a particle that cannot be detected; it is something no theorist should ever do." - Wolfgang Pauli, PBS on neutrino How neutrinos saved the world makes it clear about the three flavors that neutrino could be in, of which only one was detectable until the effort that won Nobel prize 2015. How neutrinos saved your teeth cavities. Interesting to know so many things about the leser known particle called neutrino. With reference to many articles, the books gets general audience interested in a very scientific matter (pun intended).

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