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OK, but lacking detail
on 29 December 2015
This book provides a very basic introduction to elementary particles, covering quarks, leptons, bosons, baryons and mesons. It discusses how particles can decay and gives examples of particle interactions with some basic Feynman diagrams and describes the operation of particle accelerators. It then moves on to more speculative subjects, with a brief discussion of inflation, grand unification, dark matter and dark energy.
Although 200 pages, the double line spacing and odd style of one sentence per paragraph mean it is actually a fairly short read and can easily be read in one sitting. My main criticism of the book would be a lack of detail. For example, although it mentions the difference in spin between fermions and bosons, it doesn't attempt to describe what spin is nor its consequences. Similarly, there is no description of color charge, which I would have expected. The discussion of the gluon is limited to one page of text!
The book appears to be self-published. The print is a decent enough quality, but there a few typos and formatting errors. There are a few dubious claims too, such that time is quantized.