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The Second Kind of Impossible: The Extraordinary Quest for a New Form of Matter

Book Specification

Binding Hardcover , Paperback
Language English
Number Of Pages 400
Author Paul Steinhardt
Publisher Simon & Schuster
Isbn-10 1476729921
Isbn-13 9781476729923
Dimension 13.97*3.3*21.26

The Second Kind of Impossible: The Extraordinary Quest for a New Form of Matter

Paul Steinhardt's The Second Kind of Impossible: The Extraordinary Quest for a New Form of Matter

One of the most fascinating Scientific detective stories of the last fifty years, an exciting quest for a new form of matter. The Second Kind of Impossible reads like James Gleick’s Chaos combined with an Indiana Jones adventure.

When leading Princeton physicist Paul Steinhardt began working in the 1980s, scientists thought they knew all the conceivable forms of matter. The Second Kind of Impossible is the story of Steinhardt’s thirty-five-year-long quest to challenge conventional wisdom. It begins with a curious geometric pattern that inspires two theoretical physicists to propose a radically new type of matter—one that raises the possibility of new Materials with never before seen properties, but that violates laws set in stone for centuries. Steinhardt dubs this new form of matter “quasicrystal.” The rest of the Scientific community calls it simply impossible.

The Second Kind of Impossible captures Steinhardt’s Scientific odyssey as it unfolds over decades, first to prove viability, and then to pursue his wildest conjecture—that nature made quasicrystals long before humans discovered them. Along the way, his team encounters clandestine collectors, corrupt scientists, secret diaries, international smugglers, and KGB agents. Their quest culminates in a daring expedition to a distant corner of the Earth, in pursuit of tiny fragments of a meteorite forged at the birth of the Solar system.

Steinhardt’s discoveries chart a new direction in science. They not only change our ideas about patterns and matter, but also reveal new truths about the processes that shaped our Solar system. The underlying Science is important, simple, and beautiful—and Steinhardt’s firsthand account is an engaging Scientific thriller.
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