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How to Find a Higgs Boson—and Other Big Mysteries in the World of the Very Small

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The history of particle physics, the hunt for the most elusive particle, and the fundamental questions the search has inspired

How did physicists combine talent and technology to discover the Higgs boson, the last piece in our inventory of the subatomic world? How did the Higgs change our understanding of the universe? And now, nearly a decade after its detection, what com
Hardcover, 272 pages
Published February 18th 2020 by Yale University Press (first published February 18th 2018)
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Feb 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
How to Find a Higgs Boson and Other Big Mysteries in the World of Very Small by Ivo Van Vulpen

ARC provided by NetGalley and Yale University Press. All opinions are mine and freely given.

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02-21: 'How to Find a Higgs Boson and Other Big Mysteries in the World of Very Small' by CERN particle physicist, Ivo Van Vulpen, is a surprisingly fun romp through some of the most complex discoveries in the history of the field.

The various discoveries and theories are told in layman's terms, anecdotes, and analogies even the most novice reader could enjoy. Initially,
Sid Nuncius
Jan 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed How To Find A Higgs Boson. It was a bit slow to get going for me, but the later chapters were excellent.

Ivo van Vulpen is a working physicist who was a part of the team at CERN which confirmed the existence of the Higgs boson, so he knows what he’s talking about. He also writes well (and has chosen a good translator in David McKay) so the book is both accurate and readable. I did find the early chapters a little discursive and off the point, delving into the history of physics, back to
Formuleangst is onnodig, schrijft Ivo van Vulpen in dit boek, De Melodie van de Natuur. Je zult dan ook weinig formules tegenkomen, behalve eentje: de formule die het Standaard Model van de quantumfysica beschrijft en volgens Ivo de “melodie van de natuur vormt”.

Ivo neemt ons mee op een reis door de kwantummechanica. We beginnen met Ernst Rutherford, die het atoommodel beschrijft. Verderop komen de quarks en leptonen aan bod om uiteindelijk tot het Standaard Model te komen. Het laatste gedeelte
Verity Halliday
Jan 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
How to Find a Higgs Boson... by Ivo van Vulpen is an accessible, chattily written book about the world of the elementary particles making up atoms and the search to find them. There are a few mathematical formulae, but these are explained well and they aren't too scary for a non-specialist.

As Richard Feynman is supposed to have said: "If you think you understand quantum mechanics, you don't understand quantum mechanics." The author made me feel like I did understand a little and so therefore I s
Amit Verma
Jan 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
Recently I have been reading a lots of books about quantum mechanics and physics. I find them wonderful and eye opening.
This is one such book that opens gates of large hydron colloider to general reader.
It is exhaustive yet highly readable treatise of Geneva based particle accelerator which discovered Higgs boson.
First their is introduction to theories related to particle physics and then their is introduction to particles themselves.
It is fascinating to discover scientists who deciphered atomic
Mar 07, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Leuk om te lezen, simpel en niet erg diepgaand. Hierdoor vooral geschikt als casual read of voor mensen die nog nooit hebben gehoord van deeltjesfysica.
Erg prettig geschreven, veel verwijzingen en voorbeelden.
Wat dit boek anders maakt is de informatie over de onderzoeken zelf, hoe het in zijn werk gaat om bijvoorbeeld een nieuw deeltje te ontdekken.

Al met al, heb je interesse in deeltjesfysica maar heb je geen ambitie je hoofd te breken over complexe theorieën of heb je nog nooit iets gelezen
Herwin Thole
Toegankelijk geschreven boek over de natuurkundige zoektocht naar steeds kleinere deeltjes, die uitmondt in de vondst van het Higgs-boson door de Large Hadron Collider. De heldere metaforen voor complexe problemen zijn goed bedacht en verduidelijken een hoop.

Wel is het boek vooral bedoeld voor mensen met weinig tot geen kennis van de deeltjesfysica. De eerste helft is een opsomming van de ontdekkingen in het verleden en de kennis die de wetenschap gaandeweg vergaard heeft. Een mooi overzicht voo
Mar 03, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I picked up this book because I was really excited to hear more about the Higgs boson discovery from a scientist who actually was a part of it, and I also hoped to get a clearer picture of particle physics in general. Both of these things happened! However, at what cost.

The first section is about scientific discovery, its various impacts and applications on society, why it's important, and how discoveries often lead to more questions, and is followed by what is basically an AP chem review. The n
Yzabel Ginsberg
[I got a copy through NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.]

A good, solid read about particle physics in general, and the confirmation of the Higgs boson at CERN. The beginning may seem deceptively simple for a layperson who already knows the basics, but it's obviously here to pave the way for what follows, which goes a little more into the nitty-gritty technical details. Maybe someone who really doesn't know anything about physics might find it difficult to follow, although I'm not convi
Shelby Bollen
Mar 09, 2020 rated it liked it
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Science nonfiction books will always be one of my favourite genres. Even though science is my 9-5, I still love learning new stuff from other fields of science that aren’t my norm.

It’s definitely aimed towards those without a physics background, but I felt that the author explained everything well. I loved how he related particle physics to everyday modern technologies as this helps the reader fully understand/appreciate the relevance of the science upon their lives. The descriptions of life as
Cristie Underwood
Feb 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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As someone that has always struggled with science and anything remotely relative to it, I hesitantly read this on the recommendation of someone. I was thoroughly surprised at the author's ability to make physics easy to understand. I found it interesting that electric cars and wind turbines are not as good for the environment as they are advertised to be. This book was really eye-opening in so many ways and the author held my interest so much that I was encouraged to do further research online a ...more
Jan 18, 2020 rated it liked it
Till the forth chapter I understood everything, then everything became nebulous like the electrons around the nucleus :) Anyway even if I struggled trough the book, it was one very well explained book and one of the easiest to read about the subject.

Fino al quarto capitolo avevo capito tutto, poi é diventato tutto confuso e nebuloso, come gli elettroni intorno al nucleo ;) Comunque, anche se piú a fatica, era decisamente un libro ben spiegato questo, specialmente se paragonato ad altri che ho le
Mar 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is pretty good and accessible to everyone. It's told with humor and examples, and info is easy to grasp. Readers are likely to learn some interesting and new things that will stick with them for a while.

Thanks very much for the review copy!!
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