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By V.L. Ginzburg

ISBN-10: 075030992X

ISBN-13: 9780750309929

ISBN-10: 142003474X

ISBN-13: 9781420034745

In approximately technological know-how, Myself and Others, Vitaly Lazarevich Ginzburg, co-recipient of the 2003 Nobel Prize in Physics and Editor of the overview magazine Physics-Uspekhi, presents an perception into sleek physics, the lives and works of different trendy physicists he has recognized, and perception into his personal lifestyles and perspectives on physics and past.

Divided into 3 components, the ebook begins with a evaluation of the most important difficulties in modern physics, astrophysics, and cosmology, reading their ancient improvement and why they pose this sort of problem to state-of-the-art physicists and for society. half One additionally contains info of a few of Professor Ginzburg's paintings, together with superconductivity and superfluidity. half encompasses a number of articles at the lives and works of numerous sought after physicists, together with the writer. The 3rd half is a suite of articles that supply a private view of the writer, describing his own perspectives and memories on various wider issues.

Taken jointly, this selection of articles creates an relaxing evaluation of physics, its philosophy, and key gamers in its sleek improvement within the twentieth Century. surely, will probably be an stress-free learn for pro physicists and non-scientists alike.

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Nonetheless, when visible, their nuclei, too, are most likely to be black holes rather than some dense star or gas clusters. Investigations in this field are being intensively carried out. Besides the previously mentioned black holes, relic miniholes may exist which were formed at early stages of evolution of the Universe. The conclusion, drawn in 1974, that owing to quantum effects black holes must emit all sorts of particles (including photons) [90] is generally significant for miniholes (in this connection see [88] and the recent paper on this subject [91]).

For this reason, I was on the point of including cosmic strings in the ‘list’ along with black holes but put the interrogative sign instead. I can repeat once again that it is impossible ‘to bound the unbounded’ and having thought twice I came to the conclusion that cosmic strings should not be included in the ‘list’ (see, however, [97, 139]). As to black holes, the situation is quite different. They are very important astronomical and physical objects. In spite of the fact that it is very difficult to ‘seize a black hole’s hand’, their existence and their great role in the cosmos are now beyond doubt.

In a supernova explosion, heavier (compared to helium and some other nuclei) elements are ‘boiled’, cosmic rays are accelerated in shock waves generated in the interstellar gas and in the envelopes (remnants) of supernovae, electromagnetic radiation of all bands occur. During the explosion itself, neutrinos are also emitted. We were lucky in 1987 for the supernova SN 1987A exploded comparatively close to us (in the Large Magellanic Cloud which is at a distance of 60 kpc from the Earth). I said ‘lucky’ because the previous supernova observed by the naked eye exploded in the Galaxy in 1604 (the Kepler supernova).

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