How One Physicist’s Pursuit of the Cosmos Took Off in Antarctica

Francis Halzen’s amazing experiment heralds the beginning of a new era in astronomy

Every time astronomers learn to exploit a new signal from space, knowledge of the universe dramatically deepens. Light, seen through telescopes, reveals that our galaxy is not alone. Microwaves hint at the Big Bang. X-rays suggest the tumult near black holes. Francis Halzen’s discovery of high-energy cosmic neutrinos shifts the paradigm again, potentially offering clues to the greatest remaining mysteries. What is dark matter? How did the universe begin? Is there a theory of everything? Yet Halzen, a University of Wisconsin physicist, focuses on the search itself: “I love to learn. Just understanding things that you thought you could never understand, that is the great pleasure of doing physics.”

How One Physicist’s Pursuit of the Cosmos Took Off in Antarctica
How One Physicist’s Pursuit of the Cosmos Took Off in Antarctica
How One Physicist’s Pursuit of the Cosmos Took Off in Antarctica
How One Physicist’s Pursuit of the Cosmos Took Off in Antarctica
How One Physicist’s Pursuit of the Cosmos Took Off in Antarctica

Neutrino Hunters: The Thrilling Chase for a Ghostly Particle to Unlock the Secrets of the Universe

In Neutrino Hunters, renowned astrophysicist and award-winning writer Ray Jayawardhana takes us on a thrilling journey into the shadowy world of neutrinos and the colorful lives of those who seek them.