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Massive By Ian Sample

Massive by Ian Sample

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$19.49
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Summary

In the early 1960s, three groups of physicists, working independently in different countries, stumbled upon an idea that would change physics. That idea was the 'God particle', or Higgs boson - to find it would be to finally understand the origins of mass - the last building block of life itself. This book tells the story of their search.

Massive Summary

Massive by Ian Sample

In the early 1960s, three groups of physicists, working independently in different countries, stumbled upon an idea that would change physics and fuel the imagination of scientists for decades. That idea was the 'God particle', or Higgs boson - to find it would be to finally understand the origins of mass - the last building block of life itself. Weaving together the personal stories and intense rivalries of the teams of scientists searching for the particle, "Massive" is a tale of grand ambition, trans-Atlantic competition, clashing egos and occasionally spectacular failures. From the giant particle colliders built to further the scientists' quest to the political fallout of budget blowouts and debates over whether the search might even destroy the universe, it is an epic story of imagination, personal ambition, sub-atomic exploration and global significance. Spanning more than four decades and dozens of false starts, dead ends and expensive mistakes, award-winning science writer Ian Sample has had unprecedented access to the key players in this story, including the reclusive theoretical physicist Professor Peter Higgs, the scientist after whom the particle is named. Until now, the story of their search has never been told, but with the Large Hadron Collider at CERN in Geneva, we may be on the cusp of discovering the particle and with it the very origin of mass. Whichever way you look at it, this story is massive.

Massive Reviews

- "The discovery of the Higgs boson is the jewel in the crown of particle physics." --"Observer" - "Fine reportage... makes clear the sheer achievement of the scientists and engineers who have built the LHC, the most complex machine ever made in the service of pure science." --Graham Farmelo, "Guardian"

About Ian Sample

Ian Sample is an award-winning science correspondent at the Guardian newspaper. He was named investigative journalist of the year in 2005 by the Association of British Science Writers and was previously a feature writer for New Scientist. He holds a PhD in biomedical science from Queen Mary, University of London. Born in Oxfordshire, he now lives in London.

Additional information

GOR002248455
9781905264957
190526495X
Massive by Ian Sample
Used - Very Good
Hardback
Ebury Publishing
2010-06-15
320
N/A
Book picture is for illustrative purposes only, actual binding, cover or edition may vary.
This is a used book - there is no escaping the fact it has been read by someone else and it will show signs of wear and previous use. Overall we expect it to be in very good condition, but if you are not entirely satisfied please get in touch with us

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