“Everything about neutrinos is fascinating. The various dramas associated with their discovery, our efforts to understand their very weird properties, and what they have taught us about fundamental physics are remarkable. Jayawardhana is the perfect person to convey these exciting stories, and Neutrino Hunters should be of broad interest.”—Lawrence M. Krauss, theoretical physicist and bestselling author of The Physics of Star Trek and A Universe from Nothing “Neutrino Hunters is a riveting mix of science and biography, providing both entertainment and painlessly assimilated information. Jayawardhana makes clear that the story is just beginning, as neutrino astronomy is starting to provide new insights into the nature of the universe. Fascinating.”—John Gribbin, author of In Search of Schrödinger’s Cat “With his typical blend of scientific insight and storytelling verve, Jayawardhana vividly, colorfully, and humorously captures the often offbeat characters who, over the past century, have pursued one of the most elusive—and significant—mysteries in the history of physics.”—Richard Panek, author of The 4% Universe “From the Earth’s core to exploding stars, vanishing scientists, and the very essence of matter in the universe, Neutrino Hunters is a wild and immensely satisfying ride.”—Caleb Scharf, author of Gravity’s Engines “Move over, Neil deGrasse Tyson and Brian Greene! Ray Jayawardhana is the new dean of popular science. Neutrino Hunters is a wonderful read from start to finish.”—Robert J. Sawyer, Hugo Award–winning author of Red Planet Blues “This is science from the front lines. But it’s not just science: Neutrino Hunters also illuminates the thinkers and tinkerers who have made the quest for the neutrino their life’s work. We are lucky to have Jayawardhana—a first-rate storyteller who also knows the physics inside out—to guide us through this remarkable story.”—Dan Falk, author of In Search of Time “Neutrino Hunters is an excellent overview of a vibrant and vital area of research.” —Lee Billings, author of Five Billion Years of Solitude “Jayawardhana tells a whopping good ghost story. In recent years, researchers have discovered that neutrino particles, the poltergeists of physics that go right through us with nary a bump, promise to reveal much about the Earth, stars, and our cosmic origins. Beautifully written, Neutrino Hunters paints a vivid portrait of this new astronomy for the twenty-first century and the fascinating scientists who put it into place.”—Marcia Bartusiak, author of The Day We Found the Universe “Neutrino Hunters is a fascinating, comprehensive look at the monumental efforts to detect the least understood particle known to physics. While the Higgs boson might be more famous, Jayawardhana reveals that neutrinos are far more mysterious, and that they may hold the key to the next breakthroughs in the field.”—Chad Orzel, author of How to Teach Physics to Your Dog “[Neutrino Hunters] includes a fascinating account of the disputes between the theorists and experimentalists in this epic scientific adventure story.”—Kirkus Reviews “A tale of revolutionary science and of the colorful personalities of those who did it—must-reading for armchair physicists!”—Booklist “With clarity and wry humor, Jayawardhana relates how Wolfgang Pauli ‘invented’ the neutrino to explain where missing energy went during beta decay . . . From deep underground in South Dakota’s Homestake Gold Mine to Antarctica’s IceCube, currently the world’s largest neutrino detector, Jayawardhana vividly illuminates both the particle that has ‘baffled and surprised’ scientists, and the researchers who hunt it.”—Publishers Weekly
Ray Jayawardhana is a professor and the Canada Research Chair in Observational Astrophysics at the University of Toronto. A graduate of Yale and Harvard, he has coauthored more than one hundred scientific papers. His discoveries have made headlines worldwide and led to numerous accolades such as the Steacie Prize, the McLean Award, and a Radcliffe Fellowship. His writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Economist, Scientific American, and more. He is the author of Strange New Worlds. Jayawardhana lives in Toronto.