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2Physics Quote:
"About 200 femtoseconds after you started reading this line, the first step in actually seeing it took place. In the very first step of vision, the retinal chromophores in the rhodopsin proteins in your eyes were photo-excited and then driven through a conical intersection to form a trans isomer [1]. The conical intersection is the crucial part of the machinery that allows such ultrafast energy flow. Conical intersections (CIs) are the crossing points between two or more potential energy surfaces."
-- Adi Natan, Matthew R Ware, Vaibhav S. Prabhudesai, Uri Lev, Barry D. Bruner, Oded Heber, Philip H Bucksbaum
(Read Full Article: "Demonstration of Light Induced Conical Intersections in Diatomic Molecules" )

Saturday, February 25, 2006

Fantastic Realities

Fantastic Realities
ed:
Frank Wilczek
Pub: World Scientific, Singapore
ISBN 981-256-649-X

500pp (approx.)
(to be published soon)

If you love Physics and wish to have a relaxation of mind, here is a book we recommend to you. Frank Wilczek is the charismatic Physics Professor at MIT and recipient of 2004 Nobel Prize. He is known, among other things, for the discovery of asymptotic freedom, the development of quantum chromodynamics, axions, and the discovery and exploitation of new forms of quantum statistics (anyons).

This book consists of 49 pieces, including many from Wilczek’s award-winning 'Reference Frame' columns in 'Physics Today' and some of them are never before published. The articles are gathered by style and subject into a dozen chapters, each with a revealing, witty introduction.

It has everything that can please, amuse and entertain your mind and brain: jokes, some poems, and extracts from wife Betsy Devine’s sparkling chronicle of what it’s like to live through a Nobel Prize. There’s also some history, some philosophy, some exposition of frontier science for your lasting edification -- You know what to expect if you are a regular follower of Frank's 'reference frame' columns.

The book is going to hit the stand soon in the forthcoming spring and we are predicting a big success.

Congratulations Frank ... for thinking of such a wonderful book and finding time to deliver it for our pleasure.


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