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Why didn't the matter in our Universe annihilate with antimatter immediately after its creation? The study of CP violation may help to answer this fundamental question. This book presents theoretical tools necessary to understand this phenomenon. Reflecting the explosion of new results over the last decade, this second edition has been substantially expanded. It introduces charge conjugation, parity and time reversal, before describing the Kobayashi-Maskawa (KM) theory for CP violation and our understanding of CP violation in kaon decays. It reveals how the discovery of B mesons has provided a new laboratory to study CP violation with KM theory predicting large asymmetries, and discusses how these predictions have been confirmed since the first edition of this book. Later chapters describe the search for a new theory of nature's fundamental dynamics. This book is suitable for researchers in high energy, atomic and nuclear physics, and the history and philosophy of science.


‘This is by far the best account I have seen of the ‘CP-problem’, one of the most intriguing issues in modern physics.’

A. Pais

‘… could not be more timely … [does] an excellent job in explaining and summarizing on this subject.’

Source: Physics Today

‘The book is comprehensive … self-contained, original, and thorough in its discussions of CP violation in K and B decays … In summary, this is a very beautiful, thorough, and well-written book ripe with rigor, originality, and insight. I would strongly recommend it to all researchers in the field of elementary particle physics and to anyone else wanting to understand the basis, evolution, and likely future development of this important aspect of modern particle physics … It is a book one will value for years to come.’

Source: American Journal of Physics

'The cut of the book is theoretical but is suitable and stimulating for an experimentalist, showing rigour and insight … the reader is shown how to see the CP 'wood' among the 'trees' of phenomenological details, without missing anything of importance.'

Source: CERN Courier

'The structure of the book follows an excellent layout … excellently structured and well written by two renowned scientists and eminent experts in the field. … particularly useful for Ph.D. students and young postdocs. …the scientifically outstanding text of the book makes it suitable for everyday reading of experienced researchers, Ph.D. students and other physicists working in the field of experimental or theoretical elementary particle physics … can be best categorised, as 'All you wanted to know about CP violation but you never imagined finding it in a single book.' Congratulations to the authors and many thanks for the excellent writing!'

Source: Contemporary Physics

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