Celestial Messengers

Cosmic Rays: The Story of a Scientific Adventure

  • Mario Bertolotti

Part of the Astronomers' Universe book series (ASTRONOM)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
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  9. Back Matter
    Pages 319-330

About this book


The book describes from a historical point of view how cosmic rays were discovered. The book describes the research in cosmic rays. The main focus is on how the knowledge was gained, describing the main experiments and the conclusions drawn. Biographical sketches of main researchers are provided. Cosmic rays have an official date of discovery which is linked to the famous balloon flights of the Austrian physicist Hess in 1912. The year 2012 can therefore be considered the centenary of the discovery.


astroparticles astroparticles astrophysics cosmic radiation extraterrestrial physics gamma radiation history of astrophysics history of physics mesons and neutrinos proton irradiation

Authors and affiliations

  • Mario Bertolotti
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  1. 1., SBAMUniversity of Roma "La Sapienza"RomeItaly

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