God Particle Reading

On Monday, July 2, physicists announced that they had found the “strongest indication to date” to prove the existence of the Higgs boson — a subatomic particle so vital to our understanding of space, time, and matter that the physicist Leon Lederman nicknamed it the “God particle”.

The discovery, based on experiments at the Department of Energy’s Fermilab near Chicago, is not the final word, but it comes close to definitive proof and arrives just before a major meeting this week in Australia, where more findings will be announced from the giant underground particle accelerator at CERN, the physics lab in the Alps on the French-Swiss border.

News of the physics breakthrough sent us running to the shelf, where books by Ian Sample, the aforementioned Leon Lederman, and others shed welcome light on this scientific milestone. Check them out on the right, and if you’d like to read further click here.

Finally, for science fiction enthusiasts interested in SF that deals realistically with cutting edge physics, we recommend Gregory Benford’s Timescape and Greg Egan’s Schild’s Ladder.

— The Editors