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Understanding the Universe by Don Lincoln
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Oct 31, 08

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Read in October, 2008

i can't express how much i loved this book, I mean it’s hard not to have your pulse racing, this guy knows what he’s talking about and is excited about it. Don Lincoln covers a wide range of topics, all the fascinating things from neutrino oscillation, CPT violation, Higgs mechanism to all the little things associated with each discovery and scientist. Although not entirely convincing to me, his justification for investment in nuclear physics is interesting: we do this because we are human beings, curious to unlock the most perplexing mysteries of the universe and pursue the greatest eternal truth. but there's much more to the whole story, advancement in elementary particles physics has always produced marvelous spin-offs: laser, tv, internet, computers, MRI that have revolutionized every aspect of our life. Often when I read this book, Lincoln made me think to myself: if only more people were interested in science and applied the principles of science to our society, we'd get rid of all the dogma, irrationality, superstition and have a more tolerant society based on truth, openness, exchange of ideas, competition and collaboration, and genuine equality (everyone has to play by the rule of experimentation). I do hope that will become the basis of our society some day, when everyone, like Lincoln puts it, "finds science a passion, indulge it, always study, always learn, always question. To do otherwise is to die a little inside". While the LHC is dying a little inside, we'll wait for the scientists to hit and hope for the best. May God help us find the invisible dinosaur in the zoo...
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