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on 21 January 2013
I got this book because I follow Sean Carroll's Cosmic Variance blog, which is very informative and well-written. I'm sorry to say, but I was very disappointed. The content and information may be decent, but the book is messy and baggily put-together; in fact I rather wonder whether it is a set of loosely stitched-together posts from the aforementioned blog. Altogether far too much space is taken up with trivial biographia, and far too long spent lauding the LHC. When he does get into the meat of the matter, the discussion is disorganized: the most egregious example of this is in the "Executive Summary" to Chapter Two, in which he suddenly references in detail symmetry: a concept which he only previously skims past the edge of. Furthermore, certain key concepts are left very late to explain: the relationship between a field and a particle -- which for my money is fundamental to understanding the Higgs -- being introduced well into the book (and even then, rather passingly).
In the end I gave up, and will stick to Cosmic Variance. A shame.