Astronomers' Universe

Celestial Messengers

Cosmic Rays: The Story of a Scientific Adventure

Authors: Bertolotti, Mario

  • Represents an up-dated publication on the history of cosmic ray research
  • Provides an excellent study of cosmic rays and astroparticles
  • Is written for readers with general interest in science and the history of science
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The book describes from a historical point of view how cosmic rays were discovered. The book describes the research in cosmic rays. The main focus is on how the knowledge was gained, describing the main experiments and the conclusions drawn. Biographical sketches of main researchers are provided. Cosmic rays have an official date of discovery which is linked to the famous balloon flights of the Austrian physicist Hess in 1912. The year 2012 can therefore be considered the centenary of the discovery.

About the authors

Mario Bertolotti received his degree in Physics from the University of Roma, Italy and became full professor of physics at the Engineering Faculty of the University of Roma “La Sapienza” from 1970 until 2008, when he retired.
After a short period at CERN, Ginevra he returned to Italy and started research on lasers, light-matter interactions, nonlinear optics, etc. He is the author of about 500 papers on peer reviewed physics journals. He is fellow of IOP, American Optical Society, Italian Physical Society, Italian Optical and Photonic Society of which he has been the president, European Optical Society in which he held and is holding several positions. He is member of European Physical Society, where he held positions several years ago. Mario Bertolotti has been member of scientific committee in several journals. He was editor of the journal Pure and Applied Optics edited by IOP, he is editor of the Journal of the European Optical Society: Rapid Publications (JEOS:RP), an electronic journal. He has been director of several summer schools in Erice, and other places.
He was also interested in the hystoric developments of physics and wrote two books on the history of lasers.
Cosmic rays were a subject of his interest altough he never worked actively in the field.

The books on the history of lasers are:
M.Bertolotti, Maser and Laser: an Historical Approach, Adam Hilger, Bristol 1983
M.Bertolotti, Storia del laser, Boringhieri, Torino 1999
M.Bertolotti, The history of the laser, IOP Publishing Ltd 2005 (translation of the Italian book)

Table of contents (13 chapters)

  • Cosmic Rays: Prologue

    Bertolotti, Mario

    Pages 1-31

  • The Discovery: Victor F. Hess and the Balloon Ascents

    Bertolotti, Mario

    Pages 33-44

  • The Confirmation: Millikan and the “Birth Cry” of Created Atoms

    Bertolotti, Mario

    Pages 45-59

  • A Turn: Things are not as they are Assumed to be

    Bertolotti, Mario

    Pages 61-73

  • The Earth’s Magnetic Field and the Geomagnetic Effects

    Bertolotti, Mario

    Pages 75-103

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Celestial Messengers
Book Subtitle
Cosmic Rays: The Story of a Scientific Adventure
Authors
Series Title
Astronomers' Universe
Copyright
2013
Publisher
Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
Copyright Holder
Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
eBook ISBN
978-3-642-28371-0
DOI
10.1007/978-3-642-28371-0
Softcover ISBN
978-3-642-28370-3
Series ISSN
1614-659X
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIV, 330
Number of Illustrations and Tables
93 b/w illustrations, 12 illustrations in colour
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