I have recently read "The God Particle" by Professor Leon Lederman, and can truthfully say I was disappointed, that is disappointed when I came to the end of the book. this book is a great read for anybody who is interested in the development of scientific discovery into the the basic particles which make up the atoms of our universe, and thus ourselves.
While following the route through history, one is shown the important steps that were discovered both by design and by accident, by such great Physicists as galileo, Newton, Faraday, Maxwell, Einstein, Feynman, Lederman, Higgs and many many more, whose names I cannot recall .The end point of the book is the search for and discovery of the ultimate particle "The God Particle",
or "Higgs Boson" , which is thought to be the final particle, which will make the Quantum Equation make complete sense (well almost).
Professor Lederman leads the reader along with style and panache, and plenty of laugh out loud humour, so much so, that when Icame to the end of the book , I was disappointed , though at the same time elated, and with a much greater understanding of particle physics than I had before, I read the book. Lederman ensures that fact and supposition are clearly defined, and that even if the Higgs Boson is found, the story of Physics will not end there,but will have travelled one more step on the road to enlightenment.
I must also say that I had previously read Professor Brian Cox's " Why does E=MC2", and so had a reasonable grounding in particle physics ( as much as could be expected of a layman!). Another great read, recommended by a fellow Yahoo "ranter" after the CERN announcement last summer, that they may have found the "Higgs Bosun".
Long Live scientific discovery , and the search for truth!