Higgs: The invention and discovery of the God Particle

Paperback | June 4, 2013

byJim Baggott

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The hunt for the Higgs particle has involved the biggest, most expensive experiment ever. So exactly what is this particle? Why does it matter so much? What does it tell us about the Universe? Did the discovery announced on 4 July 2012 finish the search? And was finding it really worth all theeffort?The short answer is yes. The Higgs field is proposed as the way in which particles gain mass - a fundamental property of matter. It's the strongest indicator yet that the Standard Model of physics really does reflect the basic building blocks of our Universe. Little wonder the hunt and discovery ofthis new particle produced such intense media interest.Here, Jim Baggott explains the science behind the discovery, looking at how the concept of a Higgs field was invented, how the vast experiment was carried out, and its implications on our understanding of all mass in the Universe.

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The hunt for the Higgs particle has involved the biggest, most expensive experiment ever. So exactly what is this particle? Why does it matter so much? What does it tell us about the Universe? Did the discovery announced on 4 July 2012 finish the search? And was finding it really worth all theeffort?The short answer is yes. The Higgs f...

Jim Baggott is a freelance science writer. He was a lecturer in chemistry at the University of Reading but left to pursue a business career, where he first worked with Shell International Petroleum Company and then as an independent business consultant and trainer. His many books include Atomic: The First War of Physics (Icon, 2009), B...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:304 pages, 7.72 × 5.08 × 0.68 inPublished:June 4, 2013Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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PrefacePrologue: Form and substance1. Invention1. The poetry of logical ideas2. Not a sufficient excuse3. People will be very stupid about it4. Applying the right ideas to the wrong problem5. I can do that2. Discovery6. Alternating neutral currents7. They must be Ws8. Throw deep9. A fantastic moment10. The Shakespeare questionEpilogue: The construction of massEndnotesGlossaryBibliographyIndex

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"Higgs is an impressive volume, clarifying details, making the concepts that have been in dispute for years finally lucid ... Higgs drills deep under your skin, constantly ferreting out new vistas, easily escaping our eyes. Baggott brings these-and more-together to form a solid concept of theGod Particle effort-read it." --San Francisco Book Review 13/12/2012