- Paperback: 360 pages
- Publisher: Oneworld Publications (2 May 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1780742452
- ISBN-13: 978-1780742458
- Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2.3 x 19.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (73 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 73,396 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Particle at the End of the Universe: The Hunt For The Higgs And The Discovery Of A New World Paperback – Illustrated, 2 May 2013
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"[Carroll's] writing is accessible and peppered with cultural refernces... but don't be fooled Carroll isn't afraid to wade into topics that have befuddled even brand-name physicists."-"Wired"
“In this superb book, Sean Carroll provides a fascinating and lucid look at the most mysterious and important particle in nature, and the experiment that revealed it. Anyone with an interest in physics should read this, and join him in examining the new worlds of physics to which this discovery may lead.”(Leonard Mlodinow - Author of the international bestseller The Drunkard's Walk)
"Carroll tells the story of the particle that everyone has heard of but few of us actually understand. After you read this book—an enticing cocktail of personal anecdote, clever analogy, and a small dose of mind-bending theory—you will truly grasp why the Higgs boson has been sought after for so long by so many. Carroll is a believer in big science asking big questions and his beliefs are infectious and inspiring."(Morgan Freeman - actor and executive producer of Through the Wormhole)
“The science is authoritative, yet bold and lively. The narrative is richly documented, yet full of human drama. Carroll’s saga pulls you aboard a modern voyage of discovery.”(Frank Wilczek - Nobel Laureate in Physics) See all Product Description
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I have really mixed feelings about this entry in the genre from physicist Sean Carroll. It’s not because his book is too difficult to understand – it’s almost because it’s too easy. Generally speaking, there are three levels of good popular science. There’s TV news popular science, which cuts a lot of corners to make things totally simplistic, but manages to get the message across quickly. There’s the kind of book a good popular science writer will produce – highly approachable and readable, giving a lot more depth than the TV news and the best way to actually get an understanding of what’s going on for most of us, but still cutting some scientific corners. And there’s the kind of book a good scientist will write, which will probably go over your head the first time you read it, but if you persevere will give you the best illusion of knowing what the real science is about and getting some feel for the world of the scientist.
In his previous book 'From Eternity to Here', like Cox & Forshaw’s 'Why Does E=mc2', Carroll didn’t pull the punches. Much of the text was readable, but it may well have taken several attempts to get it to sink in. It was the perfect popular science book by an academic. Parts of this one, unfortunately verge on TV science. Some of it is so fluffy and approachable that it almost disappears into meaninglessness.
Luckily, this isn’t true of all the book. The early parts are worse.Read more ›
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Just what I like from Sean Carroll. A brilliant teacher for a brilliant subjectPublished 6 months ago by Peter Knudssen
Exiting read. I look forward to future developments in this area.Published 7 months ago by K D Connelly
A good round up with some of the explanations and analogies being particularly vivid.Published 12 months ago by Steve Betts
really good book. Fairly easy to read and went beyond the conventional analogies supporting quantum physics that you normally get in popular science books.Published 13 months ago by Fraser C Hamilton
My Other half read this and found it a very good read from start to finish.Published 13 months ago by H. L. Radcliffe