Massive: The Missing Particle that Sparked the Greatest Hunt in Science

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Basic Books, 2010 - Science - 260 pages
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The biggest science story of our time, Massive spans four decades, weaving together the personal narratives and international rivalries behind the search for the “God" particle, or Higgs boson. A story of grand ambition, intense competition, clashing egos, and occasionally spectacular failures, Massive is the first book that reveals the science, culture, and politics behind the biggest unanswered question in modern physics—what gives things mass?

Drawing upon his unprecedented access to Peter Higgs, after whom the particle is named, award-winning science writer Ian Sample chronicles the multinational and multibillion-dollar quest to solve the mystery of mass. For scientists, to find the God particle is to finally understand the origin of mass, and until now, the story of their search has never been told.

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Lucid captivating writing about how things are made up. Includes history leading up to the LHC at CERN. Beautifully summed up with descriptions of current theories and the implications of actually ... Read full review

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This was perfectly wonderful! My husband and I read this together, and were frequently laughing out loud at the antics of these nutty physicists. Ian Sample carried a heavy load given the weighty ... Read full review

About the author (2010)

Ian Sample is an award-winning science correspondent at the Guardian. His writing appears regularly across the news, features, comment and weekend magazine sections of the newspaper and associated websites. He holds a PhD in biomedical science from Queen Mary, University of London and has won several journalism prizes, including two from the Association of British Science Writers, which named him investigative journalist of the year in 2005. He joined the Guardian in 2003 after four years as a reporter, feature writer and news editor at New Scientist magazine. He lives in London.

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