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5.0 out of 5 stars Enough to make you want to be a (experimental) physicist
Lederman spends the first third of this book reviewing physics, from Greek times to the early this century; the second third focuses on the more recent history of particle accelerators - in which Lederman himself plays a part. All this is a necessary and fascinating preface to the final third - an exploration of the frontiers of knowledge in the exploration of the...
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3.0 out of 5 stars In the end pleases nobody
First, thanks to Mr. Lederman for writing the book and trying his best to explain particle physics or maybe this wasn't even his aim... I couldn't quite tell in the end. The book starts out like Bryson's 'Brief History of Everything', but unfortunately Lederman's humor wasn't my cup of tea. At other times the book tried to be a tutorial, which was always an up-hill task...
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Enough to make you want to be a (experimental) physicist, 24 Dec 1998
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This review is from: The God Particle: If the Universe is the Answer, What is the Question? (Hardcover)
Lederman spends the first third of this book reviewing physics, from Greek times to the early this century; the second third focuses on the more recent history of particle accelerators - in which Lederman himself plays a part. All this is a necessary and fascinating preface to the final third - an exploration of the frontiers of knowledge in the exploration of the fundamental building blocks of nature, in which Lederman quietly pokes fun at physicists' attempts to find the answer to life, the universe, and everything - which they suspect might be very simple and beautiful, and at least partly to do with the God Particle - the Higgs Boson - a (so far) theoretical particle/force (I am not a physicist, so I can get away with this description) which gives mass to everything in the universe.
If reading this does not get you excited about physics, nothing will. I look forward to an update, Mr. Lederman - have you found Higgs yet?
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book, excellently written., 20 Mar 2013
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Mr. Jerome Brown "Old Salt" (Marske , Cleveland , UK) - See all my reviews
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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!
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8 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars In the end pleases nobody, 20 July 2007
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J. Molyneux (Liverpool, UK) - See all my reviews
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First, thanks to Mr. Lederman for writing the book and trying his best to explain particle physics or maybe this wasn't even his aim... I couldn't quite tell in the end. The book starts out like Bryson's 'Brief History of Everything', but unfortunately Lederman's humor wasn't my cup of tea. At other times the book tried to be a tutorial, which was always an up-hill task on account of the topic. Finally, Lederman used the book to snipe at, pat the backs of, and glorify other physics people and to this end there were clearly many 'insider jokes' which again were not my cup of tea! My biggest single gripe in reading was the needlessness of the feminisation of God in the second person (she not he). In short my review reads... the book meandered slowly towards an explanation of the 'God Particle' before having to admit that presently (the 90's) it can't be proved one way or the other. This review may sound negative, so to end, I will say that Lederman does an adequate job in the main at explaining this part of physics to non-physisists like myself - if he had stuck to that task the book would have been a third shorter and better for it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars a book too ambitious, 19 May 2009
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Carlos Vazquez Quintana "cvq" (Linares- Spain) - See all my reviews
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Leon Lederman, an old Nobel prize of Physics attempts in this book to explain and divulge modern physics, this is I think from Maxwell, who passed to mathematics the empiric discoveries of Faraday, to present times.
And I think the non professional reader can understand until mechanics of Newton who was understood fast in Europe at his time, but cuantic physics and mechanics I believe are too difficult for amateurs. Lederman attempts to attract common people with the aid of some examples of what relativity theory and modern physics should mean for common, daily life of ordinary people, and there, he surrounds dangerously the yet very handled theme of the "Voodoo science", science fiction or some else, in an attempt to popularize a science the own professionals accept sometimes they doesn't understand in full. I think the book is so too compressed and not ever easy to follow.
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