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5.0 out of 5 stars Story of personalities and science politics - spiced with QED for laymen, 19 July 2013
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This review is from: The Infinity Puzzle: The personalities, politics, and extraordinary science behind the Higgs boson (Paperback)
Excellent book by Frank Close - who also wrote the Black Matter bible for us laymen. The Inifinity puzzle would be even better with a little more level on the basics - the extensive foodnotes could be even furhter extended with regular explanations on the the theoretical elements. Good to have wikipedia close...
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5.0 out of 5 stars THE one to read first among all recent popular "Higgs boson" books, 29 Oct 2013
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This review is from: The Infinity Puzzle: The personalities, politics, and extraordinary science behind the Higgs boson (Paperback)
I am an engineer casually interested in fundamental science, and anyone reading "popular science" about particle physics knows Frank CLose is one of the best authors in the genre. Here I must say he out-performed himself. This book is really fantastic, giving an Inside view of the jungle of particle physics (talking about human rivalry, not only the particles themselves ;)) That side only is very interesting, especially in that it remains kind of neutral (unlike some autobiographies from some Nobel winners or losers). As per the science itself, it is again skillfully told for the non specialist. Early on you find the best explanation I have read anywhere about renormalisation, and it goes on in the same vein throughout. This book is THE one to read first among the cornucopia of "Higgs boson" books coming out for the moment.
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