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The God Particle by Leon M. Lederman
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Jan 14, 2009

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As a history of particle physics, it's pretty good. However, I still had to consult Wikipedia after I read it to find out what the Higgs field is (the point of the book was to tell the story of the quest to prove its existence, upon which all of particle theory rests...), And despite many references to God and Creation, Lederman is still a champion of making science more accessible to the general public. And there's this one great passage where he rips on "The Tao of Physics" and other pseudo-science books that are written and sold by people who abuse their credentials (yes!).

"The public sees science as some monolithic edifice of unbending rules and beliefs, and-- thanks to the media's portrayal of scientists as uptight nerds in white coats-- sees scientists as stodgy old artery-hardened defenders of the status quo. In truth, science is a much more flexible thing. Science is not about status quo. It's about revolution."
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