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    Free read The Second Kind of Impossible Paul J. Steinhardt à 5 Download Read & Download ☆ PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free à Paul J. Steinhardt The real life adventures of a theoretical physicistScience has always sought symmetry Einstein spent the last half of his life trying to fit the universe into a neat symmetrical package Anything that smacks of asymmetry is suspect So a collection of multisided crystals was long ago deemed impossible to fit together Think triangles suares rectangles and rhombuses as the limits For good measure the five to twelve sideds

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    (PDF/EPUB) [The Second Kind of Impossible] Á Paul J. Steinhardt Paul Steinhardt writes about what is possible when confronted with conventional views of the impossible He is a theoretical physicist that stumbled on using shapes and patterns that challenged the view of what is possible for matter in the physical world It is a thirty five year uest to find these new forms of matter which would occur naturally rather than in a laboratory setting The writing is clear and concise for the lay rea

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Read & Download ☆ PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free à Paul J. Steinhardt Paul J. Steinhardt à 5 Download review ´ The Second Kind of Impossible ì PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free Ose a radically new type of matter one that raises the possibility of new materials with never before seen properties but that violates the laws of crystallography which have been set in stone for centuries Steinhardt dubs this new form of matter “uasicrystal” 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 that uasicrystals could be synthesized in the laboratory and then to pursue his wildest conjecture that nature made uasicrystals long before humans discovered them Al. Some books are about miracles Even science books A scientist by the name of Penrose solves tiling puzzles based on the mathematical games column in Scientific American Professor Steinhardt at U Penn and a grad student intrigued start to explore a ridiculous idea They are laughed at discouraged told they are wasting their time but through sheer persistence find a new form of matter breaking 200 year old laws A new form of matter that makes its way into non stick frying pans today The twists and turns of this incredible 30 year story are so wild it s at times difficult to believe In fact if this was fiction you would laugh at just how ridiculous the plot is great idea Super creative Where did you come up with that one But it s all real although one suspects embellished in partsCan a science book have a spoiler This one kind of does Let s just say this book literally goes places I ve never seen a science book go before I will leave it at that In the end you are simply amazed the most incredibly distant things are brought together like magic Dickens would be proudI was going to ding it a star for lack of style but it s an authentic voice Not as well written as science books written by people who do it for a living And yet Professor Steinhardt is full of an infectious enthusiasm not a boring moment It makes me wish I d become a scientist for a career Regardless it will give you great faith in the scientific community their clear headedness their insistence on proof their willingness even enthusiasm for challenges to their thinking There is still hope for the human race Again Calls the Owl year old laws A new form of matter that makes its way into non stick frying pans today The twists and turns of this incredible 30 Beitr�ge Zur Kenntnis Der �ltesten Epoche Neupersischer Poesie year story are so wild it s at times difficult to believe In fact if this was fiction Slam Book Fever Sweet Valley High #48 you would laugh at just how ridiculous the plot is great idea Super creative Where did If You Give a Mouse an iPhone you come up with that one But it s all real although one suspects embellished in partsCan a science book have a spoiler This one kind of does Let s just say this book literally goes places I ve never seen a science book go before I will leave it at that In the end El roto you are simply amazed the most incredibly distant things are brought together like magic Dickens would be proudI was going to ding it a star for lack of style but it s an authentic voice Not as well written as science books written by people who do it for a living And Ablak zsiráf Képes gyermeklexikon you great faith in the scientific community their clear headedness their insistence on proof their willingness even enthusiasm for challenges to their thinking There is still hope for the human race

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Read & Download ☆ PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free à Paul J. Steinhardt Paul J. Steinhardt à 5 Download review ´ The Second Kind of Impossible ì PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free Ong the way his team encounters clandestine collectors corrupt scientists secret diaries international smugglers and KGB agents Their uest 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 systemSteinhardt’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 first hand account is an engaging scientific thrille. I have read many science books and this is one of the best Not for remodeling my vision of a whole subject like Lucio Russo s The Forgotten Revolution or Nick Lane s The Vital uestion but for demonstrating virtually all aspects of scientific inuiry in a single coherent story from abstract mathematics to theoretical then experimental chemistry and mineralogy to digging dirt in Kamchatka in search of meteorite fragments from a solitary obsession to debating critics launching new fields of enuiry and organizing large international collaborations The book is an autobiographical thriller whose author and main character could be called a vertically integrated scientist Paul Steinhardt continually learns new fields of research and new methods of work in the service of his passion for uasicrystals Writing a popular book on the subject is the latest trade he has learned The book does not chronicle its own writing which comes almost as a surprise And he has learned it very well although his style has lost some spontaneity and originality in the process Of course it is mostly a pleasure that the book is professionally written and edited pictures are right where you need them developments are never too long and the science is as clear as it could be Colleagues and collaborators are given the praise they deserve though a bit too systematically for my taste And suspense is always maintained for as long as possible This gives the book its thriller side but the suspense is sometimes a bit artificial and in one instance even scientifically uestionable The instance where suspense goes too far is when Steinhardt wants us to believe that his big Kamchatka expedition has low chances of success Of course the reader already knows that a big chunk of the book is devoted to the expedition and its planning so there is little real suspense about its outcome But Steinhardt insists on downplaying the chances and even recounts a discussion where the team gave itself at most one percent chance of achieving its aims This stretches credulity given the prior information that khatyrkite was already found at the very same location given that the new expedition is numerous and skilled than its predecessor and knows what it is looking for it is the odds of finding nothing that were small I suspect that Steinhardt and his colleagues or less consciously knew that the odds were in their favour but did not openly admit it for superstitious andor psychological reasons The attempt to take readers for a ride falls flat and makes a dent on the author s credibility Finally this book is not only about uasicrystals but also about aging Unlike in Kim Stanley Robinson s Mars trilogy the theme of aging is not mentioned explicitly But aging underlies the author s progressions from hardcore mathematical physics to field mineralogy from solitary thinking to managing large collaborations from a subject in which he is the world s foremost specialist to subjects in which he brings little than his energy and enthusiasm from finding a new form of matter to spending years on a few small pieces of rock The book could have ended with a fictional meeting between the author and his younger self two scientists with very different characters although they share a fascination for the same uasicrystals

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Read & Download ☆ PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free à Paul J. Steinhardt Paul J. Steinhardt à 5 Download review ´ The Second Kind of Impossible ì PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free One of the most fascinating and surprising scientific detective stories of the last fifty years an exciting uest for a new form of matter told firsthand The Second Kind of Impossible reads like James Gleick’s Chaos combined with an Indiana Jones adventureWhen 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 uest to challenge conventional wisdom It begins with a curious geometric pattern that inspires two theoretical physicists to prop. The real life adventures of a theoretical physicistScience has always sought symmetry Einstein spent the last half of his life trying to fit the universe into a neat symmetrical package Anything that smacks of asymmetry is suspect So a collection of multisided crystals was long ago deemed impossible to fit together Think triangles suares rectangles and rhombuses as the limits For good measure the five to twelve sideds were deemed impossible to even exist in nature For the past 300 years this has been solid unuestioned science For someone to claim such crystals actually exist in nature was tantamount to claiming there was a new kind of matter And that s what The Second Kind of Impossible is aboutFor three decades Pau Steinhardt of Princeton has been piecing together the puzzle of uasicrystals They are multisided crystals that can be manufactured in labs and have been since the early 80s but have been deemed a natural impossibility Impossible because they won t fit together into repeating patterns like we see on bathroom floors His uest to prove otherwise was deemed impossible by none other than Richard Feynman Steinhardt proved everyone wrong and this is his story warts and allThe business of impossible has a wonderful explanation Steinhardt was a student and then colleague of Richard Feynman s Feynman loved to challenge scientists on their theories and findings He would imperiously dismiss things as impossible And that pretty much shut people up But it turns out a Feynman impossible could actually be the compliment of a scientist delighted to find something not only new to him but hitherto considered impossible To get an impossible in this context was about the highest praise possible And Paul Steinhardt has been following that dream ever sinceFor a deskbound theoretical physicist this led to an entirely new universe all of it challenging For example Steinhardt had to find experts in geology where he knew nothing and eventually led a government approved mad expedition to Kamchatka in eastern Siberia Steinhardt was not only not a geologist he had never even been camping before And Kamchatka was probably not the best place to start He went through whole generations of grad students as assistants in his uest He was ridiculed as na ve by the best in the business One of those most famous scientists in the world said there is no such thing as uasicrystals just uasiscientists But he was befriended by an Italian scientist named Luca Bindi when no one would support him and Bindi became his miracle man constantly providing leaps forward in what many classified as futile if not mad What they proved was no less than a new form of matter itselfThe matter they discovered was crystals within alloys of aluminum These are not possible naturally on Earth because Aluminum has a voracious affinity for oxygen and the alloys they found were pure combinations between metallic aluminum and copper with no influence from oxygen They produced crystals never seen before in nature Steinhardt had to trace the sample he found back through fraud lies non cooperation and dead ends Years of detective work led nowhere in his uest to find where the sample actually came from who found it and under what circumstances He was told by a world class scientist he was wasting his time and another tried to extort exorbitant fees from him to tell his storySteinhardt was eventually able to prove beyond any doubt the crystals came from a single spot in Siberia via outer space because the isotopes of oxygen that originate in space have a different footprint than they do in Earthly matter So once he incredibly found the very spot they were originally discovered taking the measure of the specimens confirmed they were from an asteroid that either crashed or split up over Siberia 7000 years ago The detective work here is nothing short of phenomenal He used electron microscopes atomic slicing particle accelerators and a cannon in his uest Sherlock Holmes has nothing on Paul Steinhardt The mystery then shifted to how the crystals were made what massive force could have produced such pressure followed by such rapid cooling to produce such impossible crystalsThe book is a remarkably exciting recounting of the decades of two steps forward one step back of miracle funding miracle discoveries fabulous loyalty and teamwork and ultimate success over the impossible Steinhardt has peppered the book with humor humility personality and humanity There s nary a mathematical formula to sully the story It is a joy to readOne of the numerous fascinating sidelights was provided early on by an American named Robert Ammann He had envisioned this non periodic assembly of shapes years earlier He was not a scholar or scientist he was an intuitive amateur He dropped out of Brandeis and became a programmer When he was laid off he ended up sorting mail for the post office Yet he boosted Steinhardt s search with his assumptions He posited internal structural lines and geometric forms to multisided shapes These lines were reuired to connect the formscrystals with straight lines from shape to shape or the entire structure would be defective Scientists began to study Ammann His insights were uniue Then he suddenly died of a heart attack at 47 And Science didn t even find out for years Such is the world of scientistsWhat is remarkable to a civilian like me is that no one could conceivably construct a graphic of these multisided shapes all fitting together perfectly without Ammann s insights You would come to a dead end after 20 pieces and have to start over Again and again We need the comfort of simplicity and symmetry repeating patterns and the safety of limits But Steinhardt s examples of generated artwork are beautiful in their very asymmetry something completely novel That of course is the least of the properties of uasicrystals an area so huge we don t even know where to begin to explore it Steinhardt has opened a can of worms like no other BravoDavid WinebergFor this same review with images see

  • Hardcover
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  • The Second Kind of Impossible
  • Paul J. Steinhardt
  • English
  • 09 December 2019
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