This book provides an overview of topics in high energy, particle

    and gravitational astrophysics, aimed mainly at interested undergraduates

    and other readers with only a modest science background. Mathematics and

    equations have been kept to a minimum, emphasizing instead the main concepts

    by means of everyday examples where possible. I have tried to cover

    and discuss in some detail all the major areas in these topics where significant

    advances are being made or are expected in the near future, with discussions

    of the main theoretical ideas and descriptions of the principal experimental

    techniques and their results.

    Cosmology, particle physics, high energy astrophysics and gravitational

    physics have, in the last two decades, become increasingly closely meshed,

    and it has become clear that thinking and experimenting within the isolated

    confines of each of these disciplines is no longer possible. The multi-channel

    approach to investigating nature has long been practiced in high energy accelerators

    involving the strong, the weak and the electromagnetic interactions,

    whereas astrophysics has long been possible only using electromagnetic signals.

    This situation, however, is rapidly changing, with the advent of major

    cosmic-ray, neutrino and gravitational wave observatories for studying cosmic

    sources, and the building of particle physics experiments using beams and signals

    of cosmic origin. At the same time, theoretical physics has increasingly

    concentrated efforts in attempts to unify gravity with the other three forces

    into an ultimate theory involving all four. The intense activity in these fields

    is beginning to open new vistas onto the Universe and our understanding of

    Nature’s working on the very small and very large scales. In this book I have

    sought to convey not only the facts but also the challenges and the excitement

    in this quest.


  • The Fourth State of Matter - An Introduction to Plasma Science

    Second Edition

    Shalom Eliezer Plasma Physics DepartmentSoreq Nuclear Research Center Yavne, Israel


    Yaffa Eliezer Weizmann Institute of ScienceRehovot, Israel

    A very readable and accessible approach - a beginner's guide if you like. It assumes very little previous knowledge of general. May require log in .…mail_work_card=view-paper