Scientists have just announced an historic discovery on a par with the splitting of the atom: The Higgs boson, the key to understanding why mass exists has been found. In The Particle at the End of the Universe, Caltech physicist and acclaimed writer Sean Carroll takes readers behind the scenes of the Large Hadron Collider at CERN to meet the scientists and explain this landmark event.
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I kept waiting for Carroll to get the point and discuss the actual Higgs Boson but the book really walks around the topic. There is a brief breakdown of the complexities of particle physics around Chapter 2 but the author blows through the details like they are an afterthought. Most of the time is spent detailing the history of the Large Hadron Collider and the engineering details that went into making it happen. Fascinating but not the book I was looking for.
I'm going pick up a copy of 'Higgs Discovery' by Lisa Randall and see how that is.
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This was not an easy book to understand and the particle zoo plays a large role in the discussion and often I would lose my way only because the material is sometimes hard to follow, but the book covers everything you always wanted to know about the Higgs Boson and its field, but were afraid to ask.
I absolutely loved the author's previous book, "From Eternity to Here", and couldn't wait for this book. He's such a good writer and explains better than almost anyone. There are enough good parts in this book to make the particle zoo part worth listening to.
There's one important theme that runs through the book that will make the book easier to understand. That is these five words: "not observed waves, observed particles". In the background of the universe is the Higgs field and it is the vibration of this field that gives particles their mass. The author explains this and relates it to possible solutions to dark matter and dark energy.
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will definitely help to understand this explanation of the relevance of the discovery of the Higgs, but given that, the book is clear and renders a vivid conception of what the Higgs is, what it does and why it makes everything that we are and everything that surrounds us--possible.
pretty good; contained a lot of useful information presented from a little different angle than other books that are out there. occasionally strayed from the topic, but not much. i listened to it several times, and will listen to it again, i'm sure.
I liked this program. I enjoyed it. It's not a bad book. The Higgs field is explained and the particle and the standard model. It's not all that bad.
I think the title is dumb. This is one of the only up to date particle physics audio book. It is very good.
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