Massive: The Missing Particle That Sparked the Greatest Hunt in Science

Massive: The Missing Particle That Sparked the Greatest Hunt in Science

by Ian Sample
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Massive: The Missing Particle That Sparked the Greatest Hunt in Science by Ian Sample

The biggest science story of our time, Massive spans four decades, weaving together the personal narratives and international rivalries behind the search for the “God" particle, or Higgs boson. A story of grand ambition, intense competition, clashing egos, and occasionally spectacular failures, Massive is the first book that reveals the science, culture, and politics behind the biggest unanswered question in modern physics—what gives things mass?

Drawing upon his unprecedented access to Peter Higgs, after whom the particle is named, award-winning science writer Ian Sample chronicles the multinational and multibillion-dollar quest to solve the mystery of mass. For scientists, to find the God particle is to finally understand the origin of mass, and until now, the story of their search has never been told.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780465019472
Publisher: Basic Books
Publication date: 11/02/2010
Pages: 272
Product dimensions: 9.84(w) x 11.80(h) x 0.96(d)
Age Range: 13 - 18 Years

About the Author

Ian Sample is a science correspondent at The Guardian, and before that at New Scientist. He holds a PhD in biomedical science and was named investigative journalist of the year in 2005 by the Association of British Science Writers. He lives in London.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The world of theoretical and experimental physics is changing at a very rapid pace. This book was written in the eighties and was pushing and heavily relying in the SSC in Texas which was actually canceled apparently the week after this book was published. On the plus side, it provided a very readable and somewhat understandable explanation of particle physics and what experimental evidence led Dr Higgs to propose the Higgs Field idea. Hr didn't name it, someone else did. Anyway, since it was written when the evolution of accelerators and colliders was capable of nowhere near what energy levels needed to prove or deny the theory. That would not happen for almost thirty years. I would recommend this book to anyone who wanted a good history of and explanations of particle physics and proposals of new theories and ideas.
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Michelle Potter More than 1 year ago
This book is packed full of an incredible amount of very interesting information! Everything from the beginnings of particle physics to modern hadron colliders with their historical backgrounds, and then some!
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