Present at the Creation: Discovering the Higgs Boson

Present at the Creation: Discovering the Higgs Boson

by Amir D. Aczel
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Present at the Creation: Discovering the Higgs Boson by Amir D. Aczel

The Large Hadron Collider (LHC) is the biggest, and by far the most powerful, machine ever built. A project of CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research, its audacious purpose is to re-create, in a 16.5-mile-long circular tunnel under the French-Swiss countryside, the immensely hot and dense conditions that existed some 13.7 billion years ago within the first trillionth of a second after the fiery birth of our universe.

In Present at the Creation, Amir D. Aczel takes us inside the control rooms, as an international team of researchers begins to discover whether a multibillion-euro investment will fulfill its promise: to find empirical confirmation of theories in physics and cosmology. Through the eyes and words of the men and women who conceived and built CERN and the LHC, Aczel enriches all of us with a firm grounding in the scientific concepts necessary to appreciate fully the stunning July 4, 2012 discovery of the Higgs Boson. Newly updated in the wake of the discovery, Present at the Creation tells the story of perhaps the greatest experiment in the history of science.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780307591821
Publisher: Crown/Archetype
Publication date: 11/27/2012
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 288
Product dimensions: 5.34(w) x 7.82(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

AMIR D. ACZEL is the author of fourteen books, including the international bestseller Fermat’s Last Theorem, which has been translated into twenty-two languages. He is a fellow of the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation.

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Present at the Creation: The Story of CERN and the Large Hadron Collider 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
verysatisfied More than 1 year ago
Very good reading, some difficult explanations but if you are truly interested in this topic you will preserver. The most interesting part of the book is Mr. Aczel description of the Large Hadron Collider I found that fascinating and I'm not physicists.
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I found this book very interesting, but at times too difficult, even though I have a physics background (graduated in 1947)  I especially liked the discussions about  the various findings that might be made after the LHD runs for a while.
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