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A 'must read' for anyone studying physics at undergraduate level,
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This review is from: Massive: The Hunt for the God Particle (Hardcover)
This is the story of the search for the Higgs Boson - the tell-tale particle predicted by the theory of the Higgs mechanism which physicists believe is important in explaining why things are heavy.
To tell the story of the search, Ian Sample tells the story of some of the minds behind it, embroidering the tale with colourful anecdotes gleaned from the many interviews he held with those involved. To try to discover the Higgs Boson, the largest and most complex machines known to man have been created and developed and this is also the story of the technological development of, and the political wrangling behind, these particle colliders culminating in the early experiments performed by the Large Hadron Collider (LHC).
It is an engaging read despite the complex nature of the subject matter.
Sample is an awarding winning science journalist and those that have read his work in the Guardian will recognise the entertaining, easy to read, jovial style. The quest for the Higgs Boson is at the vanguard of current physics research - which is complicated stuff - and Sample does a very credible job of explaining in lay terms why it is important and in doing so of placing the whole of modern physics in context. He does such a good job, in fact, that I not only recommend this book to anyone who has heard about particle physics or the LHC and wants to know more, but suggest that it is required reading for anyone embarking on undergraduate studies in physics for whom it is a great book for the summer vacation.