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The Telescope in the IceExtraterrestrial high energy neutrinos from outer space and thus gave birth to a new field of astronomyIceCube 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 It is a success story. Particle physics astrophysics astronomy These subjects would generally present a daunting read to a layman Not so in the case of Mark Bowen's The Telescope in the Ice Part particle physics tutorial part scientific soap opera and part South Pole adventure Bowen places the reader smack in the middle of this unlikely tale so adroitly that by time you finish the book you feel as if you are now an expert on the subject uite simply this work is a masterpiece and no this is not a hyperbolic statement Breathing literary life into such a dry and arcane subject is a difficult task but Bowen does so in magnificent fashion completely immersing the reader in this extraordinary tale by demystifying the science and going to great lengths to make flesh and blood people out of all the major players I honestly can't imagine how this uniue subject could have been presented in a comprehensible and interesting manner and I extend many thanks to Mark Bowen for making a subject that is generally over everyone's head so accessible

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Dreds of physicists and engineers to create a frontier laboratory for the pursuit of the new discipline of neutrino astronomyThe IceCube Observatory 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 involvedLocated 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 than a mile beneath the surface to detect an elementary particle known as the neutrino In it detected the first. It would take a truly gifted writer to carefully balance the alchemical mixture of history physics engineering and cutting edge science necessary to tell the story that's waiting to be told in this book to distill that heady neutrino soup into book palatable to the average reader Sadly this book and Bowen's obsessive attention to detail is not up to the task and it left this reader slogging through chapter after chapter of details waiting for the magic of this crazy new kind of science to kick in It simply never didRead the book's introduction It's perhaps the best distillation of what the author has to say and what the reader needs to learn in the entire book Nowhere in the following 400 pages does Bowen surpass the clarity or concision of this intro It's brisk it's carefully worded it's devoid of needless detail and it orbits a carefully honed core message of what this is all about It reads like a good magazine piece in fact The rest of the book is nowhere near as focused and it's to the books detriment because the whole experience suffers as a result Bowen could be forgiven for the seemingly endless details he conjures up for his story the academic turf wars and ego expositions and post doc assignments and such We know he was deeply embedded with many of these people for years as they tried failed and tried again to make neutrino astronomy happen Some of them are certainly geniuses and Bowen's own PhD in physics occasionally helps the reader focus on what's happening by giving some short and sweet explainers of the obtuse physics concepts But far too often in this book all that extra time and detail simply bloats the whole story causes the narrative to lose focus taking endless discursive detours that don't add much and ultimately make for a very laborious read The math and science don't get in the way of enjoying this story; it's the copious detail which I have to add hardly enrich the reader's understanding of the science and experiments going on that sink itIf Bowen could have taken an editorial chainsaw to this book and turned in a manuscript half as long but as tight and clear as his introduction this could have be a much better book As it stands unless you really want to know the gory details who who's studying what where and with whom who's pessimism is propelling another round of tests the goings on of endless conferences and projects and research papers and the build up and fallout to various grants proposals and research studies this book will leave you sorely wanting There's simply too little of anything resembling a core narrative to keep anyone but the most hardcore physics nerd or physicist engaged The neutrino telescope at the South Pole is in the ice but for all the unnecessary baggage in this book it'll leave the reader just as cold

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