On July 4, 2012, the long-sought Higgs Boson--aka "the God Particle"--was discovered at the world's largest particle accelerator, the LHC, in Geneva, Switzerland. Read more...
On July 4, 2012, the long-sought Higgs Boson--aka "the God Particle"--was discovered at the world's largest particle accelerator, the LHC, in Geneva, Switzerland. On March 14, 2013, physicists at CERN confirmed it. This elusive subatomic particle forms a field that permeates the entire universe, creating the masses of the elementary particles that are the basic building blocks of everything in the known world--from viruses to elephants, from atoms to quasars.
Starting where Nobel Laureate Leon Lederman's bestseller "The God Particle" left off, this incisive new book explains what's next. Lederman and Hill discuss key questions that will occupy physicists for years to come:
* Why were scientists convinced that something like the "God Particle" had to exist?
* What new particles, forces, and laws of physics lie beyond the "God Particle"?
* What powerful new accelerators are now needed for the US to recapture a leadership role in science and to reach "beyond the God Particle," such as Fermilab's planned Project-X and the Muon Collider?
Using thoughtful, witty, everyday language, the authors show how all of these intriguing questions are leading scientists ever deeper into the fabric of nature. Readers of "The God Particle" will not want to miss this important sequel.
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2013-07-22
- Reviewer: Staff
“The God particle” will probably be the go-to phrase to describe the Higgs boson for decades. Lederman coined the phrase, which he called an “exercise in literary license” and which served as the title of his 1993 book about the elusive particle. Here, the Nobel Laureate teams up once again with fellow Fermilab physicist and coauthor Hill (after their most recent joint effort, Quantum Physics for Poets) with a postdiscovery look at the Higgs and its important role in modern physics. But this offering isn’t for poets—unless, of course, they’ve taken their fair share of upper-level physics courses. After reviewing some basic quantum mechanics, the authors discuss “the lowly muon” (a kind of elementary particle) and how it provided the first indication that the Higgs boson must exist. Theory held that mass—a measure not of weight, but of a quantity of matter—arose from the Higgs field, which was created by Higgs bosons “piling on” to fill up the vacuum with a constant flow of weak charge. Proving this, however, required the construction of the Large Hadron Collider, the most powerful and most expensive particle accelerator ever built. The authors offer a brief but intriguing glimpse of the future of particle physics, but their story jarringly jumps between past and present, making it difficult to keep track of the particles in play and why exactly each is important. Diagrams. (Oct. 8)