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Nature's Blueprint Hardcover – September 16, 2008
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An enthusiastic, mostly comprehensible account of a popular theory many scientists believe will unite two of the few remaining separate elements in the universe: matter and energy...Hooper does a fine job explaining historical physics and newer concepts (Kirkus Reviews)
“As the world’s most powerful particle accelerator revs up, Dan Hooper’s book is essential reading.” (New Scientist)
About the Author
Dan Hooper is an associate scientist in the theoretical astrophysics group at the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory in Batavia, Illinois, where he investigates dark matter, supersymmetry, neutrinos, extra dimensions, and cosmic rays. Originally from Cold Spring, Minnesota, Dr. Hooper received his PhD at the University of Wisconsin and was a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Oxford in the United Kingdom. He is the author of Dark Cosmos: In Search of our Universe's Missing Mass and Energy, a SEED magazine Notable Book.
Top Customer Reviews
The theory is emphasized and the LHC is played down. This is not surprising, given that Dr. Hooper is a theoretical physicist at Fermilab.
I liked this book better than his earlier Dark Cosmos, which I found to be a bit too basic. I think he struck a better, indeed excellent, balance between depth and clarity in Nature's Blueprint.
I read this book along side Evalyn Gates' new book, Einstein's Telescope. That book comes at dark matter from the cosmic frontier and serves as a nice juxtaposition to Dan Cooper's particle physics' perspective. Both books (together) will provide the readers of both with a full perspective of dark matter and supersymmetry. In sum, I recommend Mr. Cooper's new book.
In particular, the way Dan Hooper tells the story of mathematician Paul Dirac really stands out. He writes in a way that relays the magnitude of Dirac's work and predictions without confusing the reader with verbose theories or equations (Mr. Hooper probably took the advice given to Stephen Hawking, that every equation in A Brief History of Time would halve the readership.)
I can't recommend this book enough, it's basically required reading for anyone interested in Fermilab and CERN's work.
Read the book and then watch the daily news for the anticipated radical discovery at the Large Hadron Collider in Geneva. There the scientists are gambling with taxpayers' money but the odds of a win appear to be very good. If the Supersymmetry theory is confirmed, the benefits to mankind should be considerable.
It's all very sensible stuff. There is a bias towards the experimental side. No harm at all in that.
If you like your Higgs and Large Hadron Collider then maybe this is the route for you.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A great book put in language that even a piano tuner can understand. Thanks Dan! Interesting. I catch myself quoting from it!Published 17 months ago by Agape Music
Excellent all the way around. I would buy from them again. Very satisfied overall.Published 18 months ago by William Riddel
This book is clearly written in a well thoughtout manner, in understandable language, introduces interest and explanation, wants you to read it againPublished on November 9, 2013 by Mary Echternacht
its a great book to read. Very educational I have read it trice already and is still finding new things. Well worth the buy.Published on November 22, 2012 by De'Shae Randall