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A Zeptospace Odyssey: A Journey into the Physics of the LHC Hardcover – 3 Dec 2009

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  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: OUP Oxford; First Edition edition (3 Dec. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780199581917
  • ISBN-13: 978-0199581917
  • ASIN: 0199581916
  • Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 2.3 x 15.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 470,019 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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If you have ever wondered what would drive an entire scientific community to spend 20 years designing a single experimental facility, or are merely curious as to what makes particle physics so fascinating and seductive, then this book is for you ... Both the layman and expert will find these insights into particle physics fascinating ... Reading this is like being led through the wonderland of theoretical physicists' most fervent imaginings by a slightly wicked, gossipy guide... (Tara Shears, Times Higher Education Supplement)

...enjoyable reading, with the important information that it carries mixed in with many fun facts and anecdotes of all sorts. Not to mention the spot-on explanatory metaphors that are distributed profusely throughout almost every chapter ... this book will become required reading for anyone interested in scientific human endeavour, in the reality of our world. (Richard Barbieri, CERN Courier)

...engaging and frequently witty, speckled with original analogies and pithy quotations from physicists and cultural figures alike ... an excellent introduction to the LHC. (Physics World)

Gian Giudice has given us a charming, comprehensive, and deep yet easily readable description of the history, technology, and scientific aspirations of the Large Hadron Collider, perhaps the greatest scientific experiment ever. (Gordon Kane, University of Michigan)

This book, written by one of the leaders of the field, has a number of outstanding qualities: it is brilliant, original, comprehensive, entertaining and clear. It is a must for cultivated, non specialist readers who want to get an introduction to contemporary particle physics and to the exciting programme of the Large Hadron Collider of CERN. (Guido Altarelli, University of Rome and CERN)

Gian Giudice has drawn on his deep understanding of physics to write a wonderful book, presenting the central ideas underlying the grand intellectual adventure of particle physics in an engaging and thought-provoking way. A must read for anyone who wants to understand the big questions we face in fundamental physics, and the ways we are tackling them. (Nima Arkani-Hamed, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton)

Gian Giudice provides a comprehensive introduction to the LHC as only a physicist working in the field could do. (Lisa Randall, Harvard University, author of the book, Warped Passages)

Gian Giudice has, as one would expect from such a clear and original thinker, produced a book which both challenges and excites, providing fresh insights into the domain of particles and their interactions. (Ken Peach, John Adams Institute for Accelerator Science, University of Oxford and Royal Holloway University of London)

This fascinating book is entertaining and comprehensible, leading the reader to the world of extremes: the high technology of the Large Hadron Collider at CERN and its huge particle detectors, the quest for the Higgs particle and the mysterious Dark Matter, and the theories of superstrings and extra dimensions at the verge of human imagination. (Thomas Lohse, Humboldt University, Berlin, Germany)

This book shows that it is possible to describe to non-experts the frontiers of modern physics, in a way which is both faithful and comprehensible. I almost envy the author his right-on-the-bull's-eye explanatory metaphors. I believe that this book will become required reading for anyone interested in the reality of our world and in scientific human endeavour. (Riccardo Barbieri, Scuola Normale Superiore, Pisa, Italy)

About the Author

Dr Gian Francesco Giudice Theoretical Physics Division, CERN Gian Francesco Giudice is a theoretical particle physicist and has been a member of the Theoretical Physics Division at CERN since 1993. Born in 1961, he graduated from the University of Padua and obtained his PhD in theoretical physics from ISAS in Trieste. His career has always been closely related to collider research: before coming to CERN he worked at the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, near Chicago, as well as at the University of Texas, in the group of Prof. S. Weinberg, during the construction phase of the SSC. He has contributed to our present understanding of particle physics and cosmology with more than a hundred articles published in refereed scientific journals.

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