Most Wanted Particle: The Inside Story of the Hunt for the Higgs, the Heart of the Future of Physics

Most Wanted Particle: The Inside Story of the Hunt for the Higgs, the Heart of the Future of Physics

by Jon Butterworth, Lisa Randall

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Most Wanted Particle: The Inside Story of the Hunt for the Higgs, the Heart of the Future of Physics by Jon Butterworth

Now in paperback: the “vivid account of what the process of discovery was really like for an insider.”—Peter Higgs
 
Particle physics as we know it depends on the Higgs boson: It’s the missing link between the birth of our universe—as a sea of tiny, massless particles—and the tangible world we live in today. But for more than 50 years, scientists wondered: Does it exist?
 
Physicist Jon Butterworth was at the frontlines of the hunt for the Higgs at CERN’s Large Hadron Collider—perhaps the most ambitious experiment in history. In Most Wanted Particle, he gives us the first inside account of that uncertain time, when an entire field hinged on a single particle, and life at the cutting edge of science meant media scrutiny, late-night pub debates, dispiriting false starts in the face of intense pressure, and countless hours at the collider itself. As Butterworth explains, our first glimpse of the elusive Higgs brings us a giant step closer to understanding the universe—and points the way to an entirely new kind of physics.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781615192465
Publisher: The Experiment
Publication date: 01/27/2015
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 483,126
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

Jon Butterworth is a professor of physics and astronomy at University College London and a member of the ATLAS collaboration at CERN's Large Hadron Collider. He writes the Life and Physics blog for the Guardian. In 2013, he received the Chadwick Medal of the Institute of Physics. He is also the author of Most Wanted Particle, shortlisted for Book of the Year by Physics World.

Table of Contents

Foreword Lisa Randall ix

Preface to the Paperback Edition xiii

Introduction 1

Chapter 1 Before the Data 3

Chapter 2 Restart 38

Chapter 3 High Energy 61

Chapter 4 Standard Model 100

Chapter 5 Rumours and Limits 132

Chapter 6 First Higgs Hints and Some Crazy Neutrinos 170

Chapter 7 Closing In 198

Chapter 8 Discovery 224

Chapter 9 What Next? 242

Acknowledgements 275

Index 277

About the Author 288

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