Smashing Physics

Review From User :

It's a great book that combines a lot of theory with short stories about the author's life experiences, some quite funny and entertaining. This probably helps you go through the drier sections. I admit I often got lost and confused just in the number of particle types mentioned and used, and it becomes a bit hard to follow especially in an audiobook. Still, I wouldn't change this, I liked the fact that the book is a bit of a mind stretch. It also covers a lot of aspects about working in a team, in a corporation or in a research lab, and things like politics and government spending on science. But it's mostly light-hearted so it's a very pleasant, educative book.

Category: Science

The first insider account of the work at the Large Hadron Collider at CERN, the discovery of the Higgs particle – and what it all means for our understanding of the laws of nature.
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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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