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Higgs Force: The Symmetry-Breaking Force that Makes the World an Interesting Place [Paperback]

Nicholas Mee
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26 Jan 2012
Higgs Force is a gripping account of the scientists who have revealed the hidden structure of the natural world. It is the story of the fundamental components of matter and the forces that bind them together; a tale that is woven around the symmetry at the heart of the universe and the mystery of how this symmetry is broken. The book is divided into three parts. The first three chapters provide the broad historical and philosophical context. The next three describe, in turn, each of the forces that are important in particle physics. The final three chapters are about the modern synthesis of the particles and forces and the search for the last missing piece in the particle physics jigsaw.

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  • Paperback: 330 pages
  • Publisher: The Lutterworth Press (26 Jan 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0718892755
  • ISBN-13: 978-0718892753
  • Product Dimensions: 2.3 x 15.2 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 609,563 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Nicholas Mee received his PhD in theoretical particle physics from the University of Cambridge. He is the director of software company Virtual Image and the author of many maths and science multimedia CD-ROMs. He is a fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society. More information can be found at

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'Nicholas Mee acts as the trigger as he selects the tales to tell of those whose work has helped reveal the structure of matter and the laws of nature, culminating in the present hunt for the Higgs particle. The result is an intellectual journey that ends at the LHC near Geneva but begins with the Big Bang 13.75 billion years ago (...) This book is far broader and more accessible than its title may suggest.'

' --Manjit Kumar, Literary Review, Issue 396, March 2012

'...Higgs Force, the book that seeks to explain how modern physicists understand the universe by exposing the complex secrets of matter (...) You have to have a vested interest in the subject matter to be able to read Higgs Force, more than just a passing fancy.'

--Neil Buchanan,, 08 March 2012

'... it provides a well-written and clearly explained overview of the way in which our understanding of the fundamental forces in nature has developed over the last two thousand years (...) It might be particularly suitable as preliminary reading for those intending to study Physics at university.', 11 March 2012

About the Author

Nicholas Mee is a theoretical physicist with a passion for understanding the fundamental workings of the universe. After a PhD in Theoretical Particle Physics from the University of Cambridge, he set up Virtual Image Publishing Ltd, a company developing educational software with the aim of promoting maths and science; raising educational achievements, both for school pupils and the wider public.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Enlightening 18 Jan 2012
Having always been interested in science, I found the book fascinating and very informative. When I was reading it I couldn't wait for the next chapter. Questions about the fundamental forces that build up the universe were answered in depth, difficult concepts skilfully built up without the use of complicated mathematics. The electromagnetic, strong and weak forces are explained in an extremely clear and concise manner. Any difficulties and misconceptions that cropped up in my head after reading a more challenging passage, were addressed immediately in the following paragraphs.
I particularly enjoyed how the historical and biographical details gave an engaging insight into the lives of the scientists and their discoveries. The level was set just right for me and left me wanting more. I have put what I have learnt to good use, I feel much more confident teaching atomic structure and forces in GCSE physics. I would enthusiastically recommend this book to anyone interested in the fundamental forces of the universe.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Higgs Force 16 Jan 2012
As a non-scientist, my needs from a popular science book are demanding to say the least. I need clarity; creativity to keep me reading; a welcoming tone that neither patronises nor baffles; and a healthy dose of mystery to inspire my curiosity. I got all this and more from `HIGGS FORCE'. This book brilliantly takes the reader by the hand to meet the scientists whose genius (and some might say insanity) revealed the inner workings of the natural world. As a reader, I am not easy to enthral and if a book cannot grip my imagination within the first few pages I `switch off'. I suffered no such disappointment with this work - I was enchanted from start to finish!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A remarkably book about a difficult topic 26 Feb 2013
By Nik
I have read a number of books addressing quantum and particle physics, and am interested in the topic without being a proper scientist - but my previous reading has always left me puzzled and overwhelmed by both the concepts and the large number of people involved in the evolution of this science. Dr Mee's book is by far the best I have read, for the simple reason that his explanations are achieved in a writing style which is clear and concise. It is very difficult to please all readers with one writing style, but for me the short sentences and logical steps in Dr Mee's text led me painlessly into areas which have proved inaccessible to me via other books on the subject.

I look forward to the sequel!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic! 17 Oct 2012
As a lover of popular science, I found this book to be a great introduction to particle physics. From start to finish the book took me on a thrilling journey towards the discovery of the Higgs. This is must read for anyone with a passion for science. You do not need any previous science knowledge as the book tells you everything you need to know in an accessible and informative way.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic 17 Oct 2012
This book was a great introduction to particle physics and, with the world talking about the Higgs, was enthralling from start to finish. I'd strongly recommend it to anyone with an interest in physics and a love of science. It really is very easy to read and everything so well explained that it is perfectly understandable. The writer clearly has a passion for science and a rare ability to make complicated concepts accessible for all.
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