The Particle at the End of the Universe: How the Hunt for the Higgs Boson Leads Us to the Edge of a New World

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Penguin, Nov 13, 2012 - Science - 368 pages
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Winner of the prestigious 2013 Royal Society Winton Prize for Science Books

“A modern voyage of discovery.” —Frank Wilczek, Nobel Laureate, author of The Lightness of Being

The Higgs boson is one of our era’s most fascinating scientific frontiers and the key to understanding why mass exists. The most recent book on the subject, The God Particle, was a bestseller. Now, Caltech physicist Sean Carroll documents the doorway that is opening—after billions of dollars and the efforts of thousands of researchers at the Large Hadron Collider in Switzerland—into the mind-boggling world of dark matter. The Particle at the End of the Universe has it all: money and politics, jealousy and self-sacrifice, history and cutting-edge physics—all grippingly told by a rising star of science writing.
 

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User Review  - gopfolk - LibraryThing

Well written and easy to read. I'm comfortable with the topical material so it was made easier but I still would say that even with a limited knowledge of particle physics this book can be easily ... Read full review

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User Review  - kaulsu - LibraryThing

I truly enjoyed listening to this book, though I readily admit I retained probably only 10%. This is my lack of science, nothing to be reflected onto the author! I wanted to "read" it mainly because ... Read full review

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Contents

PROLOGUE
THREE ATOMS AND PARTICLES
FIVE THE LARGEST MACHINE EVER BUILT
SEVEN PARTICLES IN THE WAVES
EIGHT THROUGH A BROKEN MIRROR
NINE BRINGING DOWN THE HOUSE
TEN SPREADING THE WORD
ELEVEN NOBEL DREAMS
TWELVE BEYOND THIS HORIZON
THIRTEEN MAKING IT WORTH DEFENDING
APPENDIX
FURTHER READING
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
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Sean Carroll, PhD, is a theoretical physicist at the California Institute of Technology. After receiving his doctorate at Harvard, he pursued his research at MIT, the Institute for Theoretical Physics in Santa Barbara, and the University of Chicago. Also the author of From Eternity to Here, he lives in Los Angeles.

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