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Higgs Force tells the incredible story of the most important scientific discovery of the last 50 years. The story takes us on a journey through many of the most important scientific discoveries in history before bringing us right up to date with the discovery of the Higgs Particle in July 2012.
Paperback, 482 pages
Published July 1st 2012 by Quantum Wave Publishing Limited (first published May 13th 2012)
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Jose Moa
Mar 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: physics, science
This is a very good updated book on the standar model of the fundamental interactions and particle physics,is excelent for those that dont have any scientific background,there is not any mathematical expresion in the book,yet have very clear explanations.

Tells very clearly, with the main contributors,the history of the physics and in part chemistry till the qantum field theory and the attempts of the explain the strong nuclear interaction by the quarks and the succes of the quantum electrodinami
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Prasanth  Kancharla
Oct 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone interested to understand standard model, appreciate physics
It looks like Nicholas Mee only waited for the announcement of the detection of Higgs particle before publishing the book. He brings the concept of the Higgs field and the experiment to detect the particle almost at the end of the book. Major parts of the book discuss the concepts that lead to the discovery, starting with our understanding of the universe from Plato.

What is most interesting is the Nicholas' choice of important milestones from Kepler's inspiration from snowflakes to describe the
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rebecca
Sep 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Incredible. Simultaneously accessible and challenging. I feel very inspired to become a particle physicist now.
David Ebsworth
May 23, 2013 rated it really liked it
Opening sentences: One hundred metres beneath the ground on the outskirts of Geneva, two protons slam into each other in a mighty collision. The tremendous release of energy produces a new particle, the Higgs, unseen since the very earliest moments of the Universe.

Memorable sentence: Although some of the concepts of modern physics may be strange and even shocking, it is possible to express them in ordinary language, as I intend to demonstrate.

That's the very challenge which author Nick Mee then
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Brian Clegg
May 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing
There are plenty of books about the hunt for the Higgs boson, most notably Jim Baggott's excellent Higgs, so at first sight, Higgs Force, might seem to be more of the same, but in a couple of areas it is unparalleled in anything I've read in the field.

Where Higgs is very much the story of the hunt with a bit of physics thrown in, Higgs Force takes us on a journey through our developing understanding of the nature of the components of the universe, putting the eventual origin and significance of
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Roger
Jun 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I very much enjoyed reading this book. The title is arguably a little deceptive in that the Higgs force only comes into its own in the closing chapters of the book. However, the earlier chapters slowly build up to this crescendo with comprehensible, non-mathematical accounts of quantum theory, cosmology, particle physics, the Standard Model, superconductivity and the Large Hadron Collider. And throughout there is an emphasis on the importance of symmetry, which is intended to lead the reader tow ...more
Athar Naser
Sep 10, 2018 rated it liked it
Engrossing read about the history, origins and relevance of the Higgs Boson. With it comes a background of the wider topics such as quantum and particle physics. Lost me at times but overall gave me a deeper understanding of particle physics and also very revealingly how scientists go about actually finding new particles and what the work looks like. Certainly worth a read.
Niamh
Oct 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book made me feel both incredibly smart and incredibly dumb simultaneously, which is exactly what I need in a book.
Mark Mcintyre
Mar 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Fantastic book!!
This book starts with the ancient greeks and walks you through all the relevant science - chemistry, physics, quantum mech, particle physics and so on - right up to today, but without losing you in maths or the other complexities of the subject.

Much of it was material I'd read before in say 'the fly in the cathedral' or 'the strangest man' but here it was all presented clearly, concisely but largely in laymans terms. The sections on the early greats like Faraday were fascinatin
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David Fernandes
Jun 17, 2013 rated it really liked it
"Higgs Force" is a brilliant guide to understand the building blocks of our universe, using an enjoyable and intense narrative to tell the journey through philosophy, chemistry and physic that culminated in the Standard Model of particle physics. It masterfully, and with the general public in mind, describes how the electromagnetic, weak and strong forces interact with the basic particles and why Symmetry does matter. Nevertheless, the title can be misleading because the Higgs itself isn't cover ...more
David
Apr 15, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: science, non-fiction
Good overview of the history leading up to Higgs. Not technical in its approach, but suffers a bit from generalising difficult topics. It tries hard to explain the importance of symmetry and some of the examples given are excellent. I was not left with as clear an understanding as I would like, but that does not mean it wasn't a great attempt. The failing could easily be mine. Good, enjoyable, read. Similar but briefer than the Quantum Story.
Stephie Williams
Apr 19, 2014 rated it really liked it
I read this particular book on the higgs because it was new enough to present the experiment actually discovering the particle. Mee does a very good job reavealing the nature of the higgs force and the role it plays in the electroweak force, and that combined force in its importance for providing the necessary ingrredient in not only in one form of radioactive decay, but providing for important aspects of atoms as a whole.
Julian Onions
Feb 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing
really good summary of the progress in particle physics over the last century.
Flameater
Dec 27, 2014 rated it really liked it
Left much of the Weak Force out of the picture - particles decay would be an important aspect to the existing contents of the book
Nick Walker
Jun 02, 2013 rated it really liked it
A very well written and accessible account of extremely complex subject matter.
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