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Well written, like a detective story,
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This review is from: The Infinity Puzzle: How the quest to understand quantum field theory led to extraordinary science, high politics, and the world's most expensive experiment (Hardcover)
This is very well written - it has a strong narrative drive for something in this genre. Not only does Close give an insight into the physics of QED, QFD and QCD as well as the personalities involved, he exposes the politics behind Nobel prizes. In particular, Close goes to a lot of trouble to give credit to those whose contributions have not been given the acknowledgement they probably deserve. It reads like a detective story, not only regarding uncovering the mysteries of particle physics but also who made the discoveries, and how individual personalities contributed to theories that were sometimes ridiculed and later vindicated. Close also provides rationalisation behind the most expensive scientific experiments performed on Earth: to unlock the secret of our very existence. Close is not only a particle physicist himself, but interviewed a number of the people involved and researched those he couldn't interview.