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Smashing Physics

Smashing Physics

The discovery of the Higgs boson made headlines around the world. Two scientists, Peter Higgs and François Englert, whose theories predicted its existence, shared a Nobel Prize. The discovery was the culmination of the largest experiment ever run, the ATLAS and CMS experiments at CERN’s Large Hadron Collider.

But what really is a Higgs boson and what does it do? How was it found? And how has its discovery changed our understanding of the fundamental laws of nature? And what did it feel like to be part of it?

Jon Butterworth is one of the leading physicists at CERN and this book is the first popular inside account of the hunt for the Higgs. It is a story of incredible scientific collaboration, inspiring technological innovation and ground-breaking science. It is also the story of what happens when the world’s most expensive experiment blows up, of neutrinos that may or may not travel faster than light, and the reality of life in an underground bunker in Switzerland.

This book will also leave you with a working knowledge of the new physics and what the discovery of the Higgs particle means for how we define the laws of nature. It will take you to the cutting edge of modern scientific thinking.
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Genre: Mathematics & Science

On Sale: 22nd May 2014

Price: £20

ISBN-13: 9781472210302


This is more than just another telling of the story of the hunt for the Higgs at the LHC - the reader here is utterly immersed in the politics, excitement and sheer intellectual adventure of discovery... from someone who was actually there! The process of scientific research is laid bare in all its glory, warts and all, and emerges as a delightful example of what is best about human intellectual endeavour.
Jim Al-Khalili
[An] excellent account of one of the greatest intellectual adventures of modern times . . . I loved this insider's story of the discovery of the Higgs boson.
Roger Highfield, Sunday Times
A charming, enlightening bulletin from one of the most exciting fields of human endeavour
The book contains a fascinating inside perspective of the discovery of the Higgs Boson. It offers an insight into the intense, bewildering and intimidating media scrutiny that physicists aren't used to, combined with intimate details about the life of a high-powered physicist and some lovely explanations of the physics behind the discovery
New Scientist
Like The Lord of the Rings, Smashing Physics takes readers on a long path with many moments of peril and uncertainty to reach the triumphant discovery of the Higgs Boson
Jim Gates, US Science advisor to President Obama