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“These are exciting times for particle physics. With their customary charm and wit, Lederman and Hill take us on a fascinating tour of where we’ve been and where we’re going and, along the way, give the best description of the Higgs boson I’ve ever seen. A great read.”
 —James Trefil, Clarence J. Robinson Professor of Physics, George Mason University, coauthor of Dictionary of Cultural Literacy

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“A tour de force of physics made simple….”
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“Few books about modern physics are as fascinating, far-ranging, and readable as this.”
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Leon M. Lederman, Nobel Laureate (Batavia, IL) is the author of the highly acclaimed Quantum Physics for Poets and Symmetry and the Beautiful Universe (both coauthored with Christopher T. Hill), as well as The God Particle (with Dick Teresi). He has served as the editor of Portraits of Great American Scientists and a contributor to Science Literacy for the Twenty-First Century. He is formerly the Resident Scholar at the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy and Pritzker Professor of Science at the Illinois Institute of Technology, and he is director emeritus of Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory.

Christopher T. Hill, PhD (Batavia, IL) is the coauthor with Leon M. Lederman of Quantum Physics for Poets and Symmetry and the Beautiful Universe. He is a theoretical physicist (Scientist III) and the former head of Theoretical Physics at Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory.
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  • Hardcover: 325 pages
  • Publisher: Prometheus Books (October 8, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1616148012
  • ISBN-13: 978-1616148010
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 1 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #109,439 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is the second book by the author I have read.
Robert Steven Thomas
Lederman and Hill have done a very good job bringing physics--and it's importance-- to the layperson!
Martin Arrowsmith
If you want to learn about the Higgs boson and what lies beyond it, this is the book to read!!
Stephen Pletko

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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Robert Steven Thomas TOP 1000 REVIEWER on October 30, 2013
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Lederman is one of America's foremost particle physicists. This is the second book by the author I have read. While the recent alleged discovery of the Higg's Boson at the world's largest particle accelerator in Switzerland is a subject that still remains highly controversial to many, this book will help to shed more light on the interpretation of the evidence. Be advised that the information in this book, while very interesting, will not be easy to follow without some familiarity of the subject by the reader.
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21 of 27 people found the following review helpful By K. Ricklin on November 3, 2013
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This book was a letdown after reading the first "god particle" book by Leon Lederman (which was fantastic by the way). It's far, far less funny. The organization of chapters doesn't seem to follow any logic. One chapter you're learning about particle physics, the next you're back into the history of the microscope.

Worst of all, the first book was followable; you could read it and understand all of the particles being described, how they were discovered, the logic behind why the experimenters did what they did. This book is a big jumble of explanation: just statements without leading the reader to understand them.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Stephen Pletko on January 8, 2014
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"We have told you [in this book] the story of the Higgs boson [the "God particle"]. We have tried to give you an idea about why it exists, based upon what we've learned about the nature of mass in the [twentieth] century. We've seen how the understanding of the basic concept of "mass," known only as the "quantity of matter" since the ancients, became more profound in the late twentieth century at the deepest level of the basic building blocks of nature, the elementary particles...

Throughout the...chapters [of this book] it is our goal to explain in clear and simple terms...why we need the Higgs boson and to give some inkling as to what may lie beyond."

The above comes from the introduction and last chapter of this informative and up-to-date book by Leon Lederman and Christopher Hill. Lederman won a shared Nobel Prize in Physics (1988) for research on neutrinos (a weakly interacting elementary subatomic particle). He is the author of several science books. Lederman is formerly the Resident Scholar at the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy and Professor of Science at the Illinois Institute of Technology. He is director emeritus of the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory or Fermilab. Hill is a noted theoretical physicist and former head of the Theory Department at Fermilab.

This book provides the best description of the Higgs boson I've ever read. In fact, I found all the particle physics in this book well-explained.

After an introductory chapter, the next two chapters are designed to explain particle physics (which is the exploration of the smallest things in the world). This leads to the "story of the Higgs Boson" (next three chapters). The last chapter is entitled "Beyond the Higgs Boson.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Barney Collier on March 8, 2014
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I purchased this book because a reviewer in a journal I respect said that Lederman makes a valiant attempt to explain the significance of the Higgs boson without mathematics. I was not disappointed, and indeed, his discussion of the physics involved is worth the price of admission. It is much more complete than any other popular account I have read. (However, I did not find the arguments about the quantum view of mass quite convincing -- they do not accommodate the General Relativistic view of mass.) The reason I only gave the book four stars is simply that once the project of explaining the Higgs field and the Higgs boson is complete (Chapter 6), the remainder of the book is rather anticlimactic. It is probably more suitable for inclusion in a magazine such as Scientific American.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Roger D. Launius VINE VOICE on September 9, 2014
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It was hard to miss the story about finding the so-called “God Particle” when it broke on July 4, 2012. On that date scientists at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) near Geneva, Switzerland, announced that they had found the long sought after Higgs boson. Less than a year later, on March 14, 2013, physicists at the European Organization for Nuclear Research, known as CERN, confirmed this discovery.

Presumably the Higgs boson subatomic particle is ubiquitous in the universe, forming a field that connects everything to everything. Hence the name that has been given to the Higgs boson, the “God Particle.” It is the central element of all the elementary particles that provide the building blocks of the universe regardless of type or substance or longevity. So what does all of this mean? That, of course, is the subject of this book.

In an earlier book titled "The God Particle: If the Universe Is the Answer, What Is the Question?" (1993) Nobel Laureate Leon Lederman with Dick Teresi discussed the search for this connecting particle or particles, exploring the theoretical reasoning and experimentation that had been completed by 1993 to understand this baffling scientific problem. Also, in this book Lederman unapologetically labeled the Higgs boson the “God Particle” solely for marketing purposes. Twenty years later, Lederman, this time with coauthor Christopher Hill, note that the quest for the Higgs boson was half the fun, but the recent findings at LHC and CERN opens as many questions as they answer.

This new book, "Beyond the God Particle," emphasizes what we now know about the physics of the Higgs field, explaining at length what particle physicists are presently doing, how they are accomplishing it, and why this effort is necessary for the future.
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