By Wheeler M. "Bo" Sears Jr.
The topic of the booklet is helium, the aspect, and its use in myriad functions together with MRI machines, particle accelerators, area telescopes, and naturally balloons and blimps. It was once on the beginning of our Universe, or the large Bang, the place the vast majority of cosmic helium used to be created; and stellar helium construction maintains. even though helium is the second one such a lot plentiful point within the Universe, it really is truly relatively infrequent right here in the world and purely exists as a result of radioactive parts deep in the Earth. This ebook incorporates a targeted historical past of the invention of helium, of the industrial equipped round it, how the helium we really stumble upon is produced in the Earth, and the nation of the helium this day. The gasoline that the majority humans go together with celebration balloons is operating out. “Who cares?” you could ask. good, with out helium, MRI machines couldn't functionality, rockets couldn't move into area, particle accelerators akin to these utilized by CERN couldn't function, fiber optic cables wouldn't exist, and semiconductor chips couldn't be made…the checklist is going on and on.