- Paperback: 360 pages
- Publisher: Oneworld Publications (2 May 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1780742452
- ISBN-13: 978-1780742458
- Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2.3 x 19.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (83 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 127,596 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Particle at the End of the Universe: The Hunt For The Higgs And The Discovery Of A New World Paperback – Illustrated, 2 May 2013
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"[Carroll's] writing is accessible and peppered with cultural refernces... but don't be fooled Carroll isn't afraid to wade into topics that have befuddled even brand-name physicists."-"Wired"
“In this superb book, Sean Carroll provides a fascinating and lucid look at the most mysterious and important particle in nature, and the experiment that revealed it. Anyone with an interest in physics should read this, and join him in examining the new worlds of physics to which this discovery may lead.”(Leonard Mlodinow - Author of the international bestseller The Drunkard's Walk)
"Carroll tells the story of the particle that everyone has heard of but few of us actually understand. After you read this book—an enticing cocktail of personal anecdote, clever analogy, and a small dose of mind-bending theory—you will truly grasp why the Higgs boson has been sought after for so long by so many. Carroll is a believer in big science asking big questions and his beliefs are infectious and inspiring."(Morgan Freeman - actor and executive producer of Through the Wormhole)
“The science is authoritative, yet bold and lively. The narrative is richly documented, yet full of human drama. Carroll’s saga pulls you aboard a modern voyage of discovery.”(Frank Wilczek - Nobel Laureate in Physics) See all Product description
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When I started to read this, I thought "oh no, another rehash of old stuff". But on going further, I saw that there were some valuable little insights into some finer points. As a physics graduate, I am always beefing at the way fields are treated/described in a very slapdash manner (in my opinion) even by the highest authorities. So it was good to see that Carroll has made an honest attempt to describe fields as clearly as he could for a lay person
I have really mixed feelings about this entry in the genre from physicist Sean Carroll. It’s not because his book is too difficult to understand – it’s almost because it’s too easy. Generally speaking, there are three levels of good popular science. There’s TV news popular science, which cuts a lot of corners to make things totally simplistic, but manages to get the message across quickly. There’s the kind of book a good popular science writer will produce – highly approachable and readable, giving a lot more depth than the TV news and the best way to actually get an understanding of what’s going on for most of us, but still cutting some scientific corners. And there’s the kind of book a good scientist will write, which will probably go over your head the first time you read it, but if you persevere will give you the best illusion of knowing what the real science is about and getting some feel for the world of the scientist.
In his previous book 'From Eternity to Here', like Cox & Forshaw’s 'Why Does E=mc2', Carroll didn’t pull the punches. Much of the text was readable, but it may well have taken several attempts to get it to sink in. It was the perfect popular science book by an academic. Parts of this one, unfortunately verge on TV science. Some of it is so fluffy and approachable that it almost disappears into meaninglessness.
Luckily, this isn’t true of all the book. The early parts are worse.Read more ›
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Sean is a great physicist and a great communicator of science at the many events he speaks at. His passion for physics shows through in his writing. Read morePublished 21 days ago by Amazon Customer
Good book. Need to have your brain switched on to read it, but what do you expect from a book about particle physics.Published 2 months ago by Oliver
This is so much more than a book about physics. Carroll has written a glowing testimony to what can be achieved by the human desire to understand our existence, the power of... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Tim Dumble
An excellent book, It explains clearly the background to the discovery of the Higgs Boson and the part that the LHC played in enabling its discovery. Read morePublished 8 months ago by S. Burnley
I'm soon going to visit CERN, and this book has the information I need to get an overview of what is going on at CERN.Published 10 months ago by Martin Andersen
Brilliant book explaining a complex science and the thesis behind the Higgs Boson. Great read and we'll recommendedPublished 12 months ago by Beanee
A bit more physics would have been nice but all in all a good read.Published 12 months ago by Alan Daglish