Very long book but I couldn't put it down. And I was never drawn to speed through it, instead I read every word. Her writing is easy to comprehend and...moreVery long book but I couldn't put it down. And I was never drawn to speed through it, instead I read every word. Her writing is easy to comprehend and visualize. She brings their emotions to life. The story line was interesting through most all of it except a short part near the end where I started to get a little bored. But was brought back once the necessary scene played out. Overall recommended if you don't mind tackling a really long book.(less)
This book is a very good intro to the basics of the LHC, but then changes gears in the middle of chapter 4. Here he tells you that the book is going t...moreThis book is a very good intro to the basics of the LHC, but then changes gears in the middle of chapter 4. Here he tells you that the book is going to go into more details so general readers should just skip to the next chapter. It read to me like he had written the last half of the 4th chapter first, then was told to dumb it down for real people and just wrote around it. He really should have gone back and put some more time into that part. Still, it has lots of interesting stuff throughout. It begins by telling us why it is safe and what we already know about the standard model. Stuff like quarks and neutrinos and the strong force. Then it explains the stuff the LHC will look for like the Higgs Boson, Supersymmetry and even possible what makes up quarks. Then it gets more interesting talking about how the LHC will create beams of particles, and how it will detect the aftermath of the collisions. I was most entertained by the last chapter's insight into what the future holds for this type of research, including dark matter and the future of large colliders. So although it is rather thin, especially without half of a chapter, I still recommend it if you don't mind getting half a book for full price.(less)
This book is a fantastic cosmology primer. I have a penchant for reading physics books and this one describes all the missing pieces I have about cosm...moreThis book is a fantastic cosmology primer. I have a penchant for reading physics books and this one describes all the missing pieces I have about cosmology. Many of you have probably heard of dark matter, he explains why scientists think this exists, rather than just going on about trying to prove it. He lays down some necessary basics like how we measure the distances to stars and galaxies and how me measure the speeds that they are traveling. It uses the vast amounts of new data we now have thanks to Hubble, Chandra, Spitzer, COBE and the WMAP satellites and tells the reader with clear explanations what it all means as relating to our current standard model. Or lacking complete understanding of an area, he expounds on the latest theories that physicists are grappling with in trying to unify physics. Overall, this is a great book with a lot of information succinctly delivered to give the reader an excellent primer on modern cosmology.(less)
This book is quite excellent. As the subtitle says, it is mostly common sense. But to have it reinforced like this turns judging web site designs into...moreThis book is quite excellent. As the subtitle says, it is mostly common sense. But to have it reinforced like this turns judging web site designs into a much simpler task. I found myself feeling like I had confirmation for many thoughts I have on the subject, but it raised my awareness of different user view points to a higher level. One item that was quite new to me though was the subject of usability testing. He explains his approach quite well and makes it sound quite easy and very useful. If nothing else, it gives you a sense of empathy for various user experiences on the web. Which can only help you improve your design.
I highly recommend anyone who is involved with web development in any way to check out this very quick and easy read. In fact, it should be REQUIRED reading!(less)