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A Zeptospace Odyssey: A Journey into the Physics of the LHC
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on 8 February 2010
I find that books about particle physics tend to fall into one of two categories. Either they are a) full of maths and/or impenetrable to the lay reader or b) comprehensbile to a lay reader but less than exciting with rote descriptions of subatomic particles. This book manages to be both well within the grasp of a non-expert and also very entertaining. The author has a practitioner's understanding of his subject which is matched by a very entertaining delivery. Rightly or wrongly, I get the feeling I will have a better intuitive understanding of particle physics after reading this book than after reading no end of others. In short, highly recommended. Don't be put off by the cover. When I first picked it up, I thought it was yet another dense OUP monograph. Nothing could be further from the truth.
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on 11 July 2013
I visited CERN recently and bought this book there. It is very readable and explains the complex world of Particle Physics very well.
What's particularly good is the use of analogies throughout. Physicists like analogies! The Higgs field analogy of swimming in water. The larger the object e.g. a hippo, feels move resistance as it swims and therefore "acquires" more mass...this helps the understanding of a quite baffling description of the Higgs boson. Very good for interested non-scientific readers as well as AS/AL students or indeed undergraduates. A really absorbing book.A Zeptospace Odyssey: A Journey into the Physics of the LHC
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