The Big and The Small: Journey into the Microcosm (Elementary Particles) Volume I
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By probing deeper and deeper into the innermost recesses of the atom, physicists have been able to obtain not only a better understanding of the vast cosmos but indeed of the origin of the cosmos itself. This book is about the greatest adventure in human history—man’s attempt to reconstruct Creation by a combination of the most daring flights of imagination and mind-boggling experiments. It is, in short, the study of high-energy physics which may aptly be called the second Creation, or man’s attempt to reconstruct Creation.

A physicist and a prolific writer, Dr G Venkataraman has had a distinguished career in science and technology at BARC, Mumbai, IGCAR, Kalpakkam, and Anurag, DRDO, Hyderabad. He was a Jawaharlal Nehru Fellow from 1984 to 1986. He has also served as Vice Chancellor and Honorary Professor at the Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Learning, Prashanthi Nilayam. He is a recipient of many awards, including the Sir C V Raman Prize, C V Raman Centenary Medal, Padma Shri, Indira Gandhi Award and the Indian Science Congress Medal for his contributions to the popularisation of science.

Besides the Vignettes in Physics series, Dr Venkataraman has authored two monographs—Dynamics of Perfect Crystals and Beyond the Crystalline State. He is also the author of the widely acclaimed Journey into Light: Life and Science of C. V. Raman.

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