Who Cares about Particle Physics?: Making Sense of the Higgs Boson, the Large Hadron Collider and CERN by Pauline GagnonWho Cares about Particle Physics?: Making Sense of the Higgs Boson, the Large Hadron Collider and CERN by Pauline Gagnon

Who Cares about Particle Physics?: Making Sense of the Higgs Boson, the Large Hadron Collider and…

byPauline Gagnon

Hardcover | August 20, 2016

Pricing and Purchase Info

$50.65 online 
$52.50 list price
Earn 253 plum® points

Prices and offers may vary in store

Quantity:

In stock online

Ships free on orders over $25

Not available in stores

about

CERN, the European Laboratory for particle physics, regularly makes the news. What kind of research happens at this international laboratory and how does it impact people's daily lives? Why is the discovery of the Higgs boson so important? Particle physics describes all matter found on Earth,in stars and all galaxies but it also tries to go beyond what is known to describe dark matter, a form of matter five times more prevalent than the known, regular matter. How do we know this mysterious dark matter exists and is there a chance it will be discovered soon? About sixty countriescontributed to the construction of the gigantic Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN and its immense detectors. Dive in to discover how international teams of researchers work together to push scientific knowledge forward.Here is a book written for every person who wishes to learn a little more about particle physics, without requiring prior scientific knowledge. It starts from the basics to build a solid understanding of current research in particle physics. A good dose of curiosity is all one will need to discovera whole world that spans from the infinitesimally small and stretches to the infinitely large, and where imminent discoveries could mark the dawn of a huge revolution in the current conception of the material world.
Pauline Gagnon was born in Quebec, Canada. After teaching physics for a few years in local colleges, she moved to California, where she completed a PhD in particle physics at University of California in Santa Cruz in 1993. She then started doing research at CERN, the European laboratory for particle physics, and was a senior research s...
Loading
Title:Who Cares about Particle Physics?: Making Sense of the Higgs Boson, the Large Hadron Collider and…Format:HardcoverDimensions:272 pagesPublished:August 20, 2016Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0198783248

ISBN - 13:9780198783244

Look for similar items by category:

Reviews

Table of Contents

1. What is matter made of?2. What about the Higgs boson?3. Accelertors and detector, the essential tools4. The discovery of the Higgs boson5. The dark side of the Universe6. Going beyond the Standard Model: calling SUSY to the rescue7. What does fundamental research put on our plate?8. CERN experiments: a unique management and cooperation model9. Diversity in science10. What could th next big discoveries be?

Editorial Reviews

"During the two-year search for Higgs in the LHC, Dr. Gagnon's lively and insightful blog was a key source for those outside the physics community who needed to keep track of the process and have it explained in layperson' terms. Her excellent book will now be essential reading for thoseseeking to understand why the discovery was important, and what might come next from the LHC." --Robert Evans, former Reuter correspondent in Geneva