We want your feedback!
Click here
cover image of The Telescope in the Ice

The Telescope in the Ice

Inventing a New Astronomy at the South Pole

by Mark Bowen

ebook

Sign up to save your library

With an OverDrive account, you can save your favorite libraries for at-a-glance information about availability. Find out more about OverDrive accounts.

   Not today

IceCube Observatory, a South Pole instrument making the first actual observations of high-energy neutrinos, has been called the "weirdest" of the seven wonders of modern astronomy by Scientific American. In The Telescope in the Ice, Mark Bowen tells the amazing story of the people who built the instrument and the science involved.

Located near the U. S. Amundsen-Scott Research Station at the geographic South Pole, IceCube is unlike most telescopes in that it is not designed to detect light. It employs a cubic kilometer of diamond-clear ice, more than a mile beneath the surface, to detect an elementary particle known as the neutrino. In 2010, it detected the first extraterrestrial high-energy neutrinos and thus gave birth to a new field of astronomy.

IceCube is also the largest particle physics detector ever built. Its scientific goals span not only astrophysics and cosmology but also pure particle physics. And since the neutrino is one of the strangest and least understood of the known elementary particles, this is fertile ground. Neutrino physics is perhaps the most active field in particle physics today, and IceCube is at the forefront.

The Telescope in the Ice is, ultimately, a book about people and the thrill of the chase: the struggle to understand the neutrino and the pioneers and inventors of neutrino astronomy.

Publication Details

Publisher:
St. Martin's Press
Publication Date:
2017

Format

  • Kindle Book
  • OverDrive Read 5.6 MB
  • Adobe EPUB eBook 5.6 MB

Mark Bowen (Author)

MARK BOWEN is a writer and physicist. He earned a bachelor's degree and a doctorate in physics at MIT and worked for a decade in the medical industry. Bowen has written for Climbing, Natural History, Science, Technology Review, and AMC Outdoors. H...

More about Mark Bowen
The Telescope in the Ice
Copy and paste the code into your website.