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Publisher's Summary

In Particle Physics: A Very Short Introduction , best-selling author Frank Close provides a compelling and lively introduction to the fundamental particles that make up the universe. The book begins with a guide to what matter is made up of and how it evolved, and goes on to describe the fascinating and cutting-edge techniques used to study it.

The author discusses particles such as quarks, electrons, and the neutrino, and exotic matter and antimatter. He also investigates the forces of nature, accelerators and detectors, and the intriguing future of particle physics. This book is essential reading for general readers interested in popular science, students of physics, and scientists at all levels.

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  • Sergio
  • AlmadaPortugal
  • 09-13-09

The best

Simply the best audiobook I heard on the subject. Very complete, concise and updated to the latest findings. May be hard to follow at the last chapters for a layman like me but with repeated listening I truly learnt a lot from this.

13 of 13 people found this review helpful

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read twice

I had to read this book twice, I didn't pick up everything the first time though. But the second time I understood almost all.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Informative, maybe better on paper

Don't get me wrong, I learned a LOT from this book. I'll probably read it a few more times to absorb more. (I can do that easily since it isn't very long!) But, the section with all the equations is almost impossible to understand in audio format. Still, it was interesting to learn a little more about particle physics and how it relates to the big bang and the Large Hadron Collider at CERN, which was not yet running at the time of writing.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

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Some books really need paper

Very interesting, but I found it difficult to keep up with the numbers, symbols and equations audibly. The quality of the reading and the subject are excellent - this is just one of those books that should be read.

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Great information...but

...a download of some charts and diagrams would help. I had to rewind countless times just to attempt to visualize the multitude of particles, their behaviors and relationships. The book is good. It is informational. However, at times, especially when the narrator should sloooow down a bit, the really good stuff floods me as a tsunami would. Fast and unexepected. I will need to re-listen to this book a few more times to catch what I have missed.

Every review I have read on this page (to date) has been accurate concerning this book. Believe them. This is a worthwhile listen. Just brush up on your shorthand and be prepared with a pencil and some scratch paper.

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  • Becca
  • Whitmore Lake, MI, United States
  • 02-28-10

definitely a very *short* introduction

I'm not sure whether it's the book itself or the narration style, but I'm having trouble following the content. The narrator breaks his sentences oddly, rather like a teacher pausing so the students can catch up with their note taking. I got this one on one of the $4.95 sales, and it's worth that much, but I'm glad I didn't spend a whole credit on it. Still, the topic is fascinating, the author doesn't take any fore-knowledge for granted, and the explanations are clear and sometimes a bit too concise.

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  • Scott
  • Smyrna, GA, United States
  • 05-02-18

Far above my head!

I enjoyed this book. About the last quarter of it was above my level of learning LOL

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very nice.

what would there be without particle physics?
this is a good book. I will listen to it again.

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Facinating with excellent narration

Really good narration makes it easy to re-listen to the book over and over which for people like me is a must. The parts on stellar nucleosynthesis and “a brief history of particle accelerators and neutrino observatories” is fascinating. Something about locating an observatory a mile beneath the earth’s surface is intriguing as heck.

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The perfect introduction!

As a lay person who is developing a keen interest in particle physics, this book was spellbinding!
This book takes the reader/listener on a journey into the world of the physicist.
Frank Close gives simple explanations of rather complex systems, and also explains not only how they work, but how we discovered them.
I learned so much!

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  • M. T. Crowe
  • 02-22-15

SCIENCE

Is Brian Cox coming over for tea, well bone up on particle physics and sound super smart. nice overview and easy to understand. no PhD required.

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