Collider: The Search for the World's Smallest Particles
The truly saddening thing about the story is the constant struggle big science has with politics and funding. It t...more
What is particle physics? Why seeking unification (finding the theory of everyth...more
Although mostly about the large hadron collider in Europe, this book covers particle physics since the early 1900s. Colliders are devices that accelerate two subatomic particles in such a way that they hit each other. The decay products from the collison can provide information about more fundamental particles, such as quarks. The large hadron collider is sufficiently powerful so that extensions to the standard model of particle physics can be explored experimentally. In particular, the large h...more
There are couple less interesting sidetracks (mainly regarding machines that n...more
I will add the same observation I made in my review of the other book. The LHC is a wonderful testiment to human curiousity since it involves the expenditure of some 15 billion dollars in the search for knowledge that can never be of any practical...more
But the second half had some interesting physics in it!
If you're new to physics, this would be an exciting read all the way through.