The Particle at the End of the Universe
How the Hunt for the Higgs Boson Leads Us to the Edge of a New World
The Higgs boson. Infamously known as “the God particle,” it is the key to understanding why mass exists and how atoms are possible. After billions of dollars and decades of effort by more than six thousand researchers at the Large Hadron Collider in Switzerland-a doorway is opening into the mind-boggling world of dark matter and beyond.
Caltech physicist and acclaimed writer Sean Carroll explains both the importance of the Higgs boson and the ultimately human story behind the greatest scientific achievement of our time.
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“A modern voyage of discovery.” - Frank Wilczek
‘Stunning’ - Los Angeles Times
‘A fascinating and lucid look at the most mysterious and important particle in nature and the experiment that revealed it.’ - Leonard Mlodinow
‘Caroll tells the story of the particle that everyone has heard of of but few of us actually understand. After you read this book - an enticing cocktail of personal anecdote, clever analogy, and a small dose of mind-bending theory - you will truly grasp why the Higgs boson has been sought after for so long by so many. Caroll is a believer in big science asking big questions, and his beliefs are infectious and inspiring.’ - Morgan Freeman