The particle at the end of the universe : how the hunt for the Higgs boson leads us to the edge of a new world

Author
Carroll, Sean M., 1966- author.
Title
The particle at the end of the universe : how the hunt for the Higgs boson leads us to the edge of a new world / Sean Carroll.
Format
Book
Published
New York : Dutton, 2012.
©2012
Description
x, 341 pages, [16] pages of plates : illustrations (some color), portraits ; 24 cm
URL
<Author's website> http://www.preposterousuniverse.com/
Portion of title
How the hunt for the Higgs boson leads us to the edge of a new world
Content type
text
Media type
unmediated
Carrier type
volume
Notes
Includes bibliographical references (pages 311-320) and index.
Contents
Prologue -- The point -- Next to godliness -- Atoms and particles -- The accelerator story -- The largest machine ever built -- Wisdom through smashing -- Particles in the waves -- Through a broken mirror -- Bringing down the house -- Spreading the word -- Nobel dreams -- Beyond this horizon -- Making it worth defending -- Appendix one. Mass and spin -- Appendix two. Standard model particles -- Appendix three. Particles and their interactions.
Summary
Scientists have just announced an historic discovery on a par with the splitting of the atom: the Higgs boson, the key to understanding why mass exists, has been found. Carroll takes readers behind the scenes of the Large Hadron Collider at CERN to meet the scientists and explain this landmark event. We only discovered the electron just over a hundred years ago and considering where that took us-- from nuclear energy to quantum computing-- the inventions that will result from the Higgs discovery will be world-changing.
Subject headings
Higgs bosons.
Standard model (Nuclear physics)
Large Hadron Collider (France and Switzerland)
Discoveries in science.
ISBN
9780525953593 (hc.)
0525953590 (hc.)

Holdings

Library
Indpls - IUPUI University Library
Call Number
QC793.5.B62 C37 2012
Location
Checked out Due: 04-15-2015
Library
South Bend - Schurz Library
Call Number
QC793.5.B62 C37 2012
Location
Checked out Due: 01-24-2015