Higgs Discovery: The Power of Empty Space
The explanations in the book are great for the novice/layperson. I actually learned a lot about how the different channels were pieced together to discover ...more
"Higgs Discovery" this timely and topical Kindle Single, is written to enlighten the public to what the discovery of the Higgs boson means and to explain where it will take us. Influential and highly acclaimed theoretical physicist and best-selling author of "Knocking on Heaven's Door", Lisa Randall, gives the reader an intellectual appetizer on the implications of the announcement that a key particle, the Higgs boson was discovered. Randa ...more
This book was apparently written in response to the discovery, and is an attempt to explain about the Higgs Boson. It seems to have been rushed into print for that purpose. It is a short book, and contains a couple of chapters at the end ...more
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Spurious polarizaqtions are the source of problematic predictions for high-energy scattering, so the symmetry allows only physical polarizations -- the ones that really exist and are consistent with the symmetry -- to remain.Hoo boy! If I were a Tea Party type, I would at this point take out my checkbook and write a hug ...more
I like that she points out that the Higgs boson is not a god particle, and what is truly important in how elementary particles get their mass is ...more
The author: Lisa Randall, theoretical physics professor at Harvard University.
The subject:An explanation of CERN'slandmark discovery of the Higgs boson (or something that looks very like it, at least).
Why I chose it:I really like Randall's books – Warped Passages was what got me to finally chooseto study physics at university– so wanted to check this out.
The rating: Four out of five stars
What I thought of it: This was an even shorter read than I ...more
This book, although short, gives a thorough grounding to a complicated subject using language and examples that the non-scientific community can follow.
If you are interested in the strange world of quantum physics and want to learn more, or if the recent fuss made by reports of Peter Higgs and his boson (and Nobel Prize) has piqued your curiosity, this book is a great starting point.
A great read - thank you Lisa Randall
The book explains in detail the workings of the higgs boson. However, the negative side effects of the rich detail is that the book has a lot of science jargon that is very ha ...more
She is quality science writer (and physicist) that I wish I had checked out before now. Her writing has a slightly more technical feel to it than some other popular authors. I found her description of "symmetry breaking" to be more satisfying than what I have read elsewhere. She ably covers other theoretical and practical concerns as well.
A negative is that there is some ...more
Recommended for anyone interested in the recent work at CERN with the Large Hadron Collider.
A short concise e-book that describes the process behind the dicovery of the Higgs Boson particle, as well as it's importance and the affects it has it has in the real world. The book also contains excerpts from her previous larger books that will give the reader some deeper understanding of the physics involved. Worth a quick read if you want to understand what it all means.
The knowledge seems to come quickly when it comes, but there are a lot of parts where it seems to ruminate over the same ground.
Definitely not a book for everyone, but if you are interested in cutting edge physics.....this isn't a bad read overall.