Synopsis: What is the Higgs boson? And where will its discovery lead? Renowned physicist Lisa Randall explains this landmark event in modern science and its startlingly beautiful implications.
On July 4th, 2012, one of physics’ most exhilarating results was announced: a new particle – and very likely a new kind of particle – had been discovered at the Large Hadron Collider, the huge particle accelerator designed to reproduce energies present in the universe a fraction of a second after the Big Bang. The particle’s existence had been speculated on for nearly fifty years: here, finally, was proof.
Professor Lisa Randall of Harvard University is one of the world’s most influential theoretical physicists, and author of the bestselling Knocking on Heaven’s Door and Warped Passages. In Higgs Discovery she deftly explains both this epochal discovery and it’s startlingly beautiful implications.
Published: August, 2012 | ISBN-13: 9781847922571
This book, published just a month after the momentous discovery of the Higgs Boson is a small book, but provides a great start to anyone wanting to know more about the search for this Boson, how it is thought to work and what it might possibly mean for the future. While the physics behind this might be difficult to fully comprehend, Lisa Randall did a great job in making it accessible. @popsciguyoz
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The Guardian Book Review
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- Higgs evidence mounts one year on, so too the suspense (rappler.com)
- The Higgs quest – exploring electroweak symmetry breaking at the LHC (cordis.europa.eu)
- ‘God Particle’: The Higgs Boson One Year Later (abcnews.go.com)