Achieving the Rare:Robert F Christys Journey in Physics and Beyond

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Overview Robert F Christy was a legendary physicist, one of the key players in some of the most dramatic events of the 20th century. Product Details Table of Contents.

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The target audience is the interested general public, hence no mathematics is involved beyond the simple Basics Of Statistical Physics.

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Statistics links microscopic and macroscopic phenomena, and requires for this reason a large number of Statistics links microscopic and macroscopic phenomena, and requires for this reason a large number of microscopic elements like atoms. The results are values of maximum probability or of averaging.

The book describes Christy's interactions with most of the famous names of mid-century physics.

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Following years of cosmic-ray science and other investigations, Christy sacrificed his science to become Provost and even Acting President at Caltech. In reading the book, I came upon a personal link, in that I recall being inspired at Junior High School 22 in the Bronx in the s to become a scientist when I heard about the carbon cycle and that it powered the Sun. I have since learned that, in fact, the carbon cycle carbon-nitrogen-oxygen, or CNO is important only in hotter stars, and plays a negligible role in fusion at the temperature at the Sun's core, which is hot enough only to power the proton-proton chain.

From this book, I learn that it was Christy's doing to demote the carbon cycle from importance in our solar system. As of , we even have direct detection of neutrinos from the main branch of the proton-proton chain, instead of from the subsidiary branches from which John Bahcall calculated theoretical rates, leading to the Nobel Prize in Physics to Ray Davis and Masatoshi Koshiba for their detection of the neutrinos, though at a reduced rate that led to the realization of neutrino oscillation, the astrophysics beating out the stodgy physicists who claimed that they understood neutrinos better than astronomers understood the temperature of the solar core.

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Admirably, after his atomic-bomb experiences, Christy returned to science, taking up astrophysics. His explanations of variable stars, using his Los Alamos theoretical experience, even led to the Eddington Medal.

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Much later, he also used his experience from Los Alamos to deal with calculating more accurate historical radiation exposures of the populations of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Those interested in academic administration in general or Caltech in particular find still additional fascinating sections, but the scientific and practical history of the atomic age stand alone in this worthwhile book, with both science and personal history well told.

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