- Paperback: 360 pages
- Publisher: Oneworld Publications (2 May 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1780742452
- Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2.3 x 19.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 84 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 106,800 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
More of how the system / process of detection works would have been really interesting as only a glips was seemingly given.
Forget the history lessons or at least short it to a few words the get straight down to the real thing
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