By Joao Magueijo
At the evening of March 26, 1938, nuclear physicist Ettore Majorana boarded a boat, funds and passport in hand. He used to be by no means visible back. In A great Darkness, theoretical physicist João Magueijo tells the tale of Majorana and his study workforce, the through Panisperna Boys,” who stumbled on atomic fission in 1934. As Majorana, the main awesome of the gang, started to detect the results of what they'd chanced on, he grew to become more and more volatile. Did he dedicate suicide that evening in Palermo? was once he abducted? Did he degree his personal death?
A extraordinary Darkness chronicles Majorana’s helpful contributions to scienceincluding his significant discovery, the Majorana neutrinowhile revealing the reality at the back of his interesting and tragic lifestyles.
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A Brilliant Darkness: The Extraordinary Life and Mysterious Disappearance of Ettore Majorana, the Troubled Genius of the Nuclear Age by Joao Magueijo