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The Particle Garden: Our Universe As Understood By Particle Physicists

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The Particle Garden is the clearest survey of particle physics, including the theory, its experimental foundations, its relations to cosmology and astrophysics, and its future. Known as an excellent expositor of physics, Kane has marshaled his research and teaching experience to make this daunting subject understandable to all readers.
Paperback, 240 pages
Published July 2nd 1996 by Basic Books (first published January 1st 1995)
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Apr 28, 2008 Trickey rated it liked it
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This is probably the best quick and dirty discussion of particle physics I've read. It also covers other applications of the science and is up to date.
Aug 11, 2010 Converse rated it liked it

Up quark, down quark, and electron: this is what everything material you are familiar with (not everything in the universe) is made of. Quarks make protons and neutrons, protons, neutrons and electrons make atoms, and atoms make stuff. This 1995 book about particle physics explains the standard model, the explanation since roughly the 1970s of what matter is made of. The existence of quarks is inferred from the results of colliding particles in particle accelerators, devices which use electric

I read this book while I was taking Professor Kane's Particle Physics I course (Winter semester, 2008). It's a non-technical alternative to the book we used as our textbook, Modern elementary particle physics. They contain much of the same content, but this one (book being reviewed) doesn't have the same math the text for the class does.
Funny story: I did find the answer to one of the questions on the take-home final exam in an appendix of the book. Unfortunately, I had already turned in the ex
Aug 14, 2012 December rated it really liked it
It needs updating and that's actually exciting. Table on page 55 states mass of Higgs Boson is not known. I could correct it on my book, or they could publish a new edition.
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Jan 17, 2012 Brendan McAuliffe rated it liked it
A little out of date now, but still good ( if you're already up to speed on things ) Chapter 3 ' Doing ' is esp. interesting. Hope he writes a new book soon.
Jul 21, 2016 Megan marked it as to-read
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Tara gave me this book along with a bunch of other popular science non-fiction that she had to read for some class. I haven't gotten to it yet.
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May 27, 2013 Stephen Renneberg rated it really liked it
Solid explanation of the standard model of particle physics.
Feb 01, 2016 Shaunt rated it really liked it
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A good primer on particle physics.
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Gordon Kane is the Victor Weisskopf Collegiate Professor of Physics at the University of Michigan, and the director of the Michigan Center for Theoretical Physics. He was awarded the Lilienfeld Prize of the American Physical Society, and is the author of The Particle Garden.
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