Yeah, I haven't read either of the books, but a bunch of my friends have. They always say how it's such a great book because of all the information Dan Brown puts in and stuff, like he's a smart guy and all. Well, I don't know much about the DaVinci Code's story, but my friend let me read the introduction of Angels and Demons, which explains the whole, "Anti-matter" thing. They are totally incorrect. Theiir description of antimatter could never happen.
First of all, it's misnamed, and scientists don't misname things. They should have called them anti-atoms.
Second, an anti-atom, going by the books description, would have a neutral charge, and the container they describe would not be able to hold it.
Thirdly, as an anti-atom, there are most likely discrepancies between the number of electrons in the nucleus. Therefore, the discrepancies would make different kinds of anti-atoms, just like we have differnt kinds of normal atoms, like carbon or calcium.
Fourthly, what exactly makes the combination of atoms and anti-atoms so explosive? There's no real source of energy. It couldn't be the electrons, as having them compacted in a nucleus would practically negate all of their power because of friction, and if it was because the protons breaking away from the electron nucleus, well, all that should have done is just make a lot of H+ ions and free electricity (as the nucleus would most likely break apart then.
Anyone want to try and argue, I would be delighted.