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The Particle at the End of the Universe: How the Hunt for the Higgs Boson Leads Us to the Edge of a New World Kindle Edition
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Carroll is an active science communicator, and has been blogging regularly since 2004. His textbook "Spacetime and Geometry" has been adopted by a number of universities for their graduate courses in general relativity. He is a frequent public speaker, and has appeared on TV shows such as The Colbert Report and Through The Wormhole with Morgan Freeman. He has produced a set of lectures for The Teaching Company on dark matter and dark energy, and another on the nature of time. He has served as a science consultant for films such as Thor and TRON: Legacy, as well as for TV shows such as Fringe and Bones.
His 2010 popular book, "From Eternity to Here," explained the arrow of time and connected it with the origin of our universe. "The Particle at the End of the Universe," about the Large Hadron Collider and the quest to discover the Higgs boson, was released November 2012. "The Big Picture: On the Origins of Life, Meaning, and the Universe Itself" will appear in May 2016.
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Top Customer Reviews
Carroll's book can be roughly divided into three parts. In the first part, after giving us a brief overview of particle physics describing relativity, quantum mechanics, the Standard Model and the discovery of the twelve elementary particles that make up the universe, Carroll plunges into a description of the giant particle accelerators that have made possible our understanding of nature's fundamental building blocks. Personally I found this part most enjoyable, since it's a little more accessible than the theoretical part. Carroll tells us about the stupendous engineering challenges involved in the building of the LHC and takes us on a nice little tour of its interior. There's all kinds of fascinating and amusing stuff here; the lead tungstate crystals in the detectors that took ten years to grow, the earlier particle accelerator whose workings were affected by the moon's tides, the baguette dropped by a bird that temporarily created electrical problems, the helium "explosion" caused by high voltage that crippled the machine for months, the physicist whose face was exposed to an intense beam of protons and who still escaped relatively unscathed.Read more ›
I'd have to rate this an "important read" for anyone obsessed with understanding what existence is all about. Not surprisingly it doesn't have the answer, but it does help explain the process and the path science is on to reach that goal.
"This is the story of the people who have devoted their lives to discovering the ultimate nature of reality, of which the Higgs [boson] is a crucial component. There are theorists, sitting with pencil and paper, fueled by expresso and heated disputes with colleagues, turning over abstract ideas in their minds. There are engineers, pushing machines and electronics well beyond the limits of existing technology. And most of all there are experimenters, bringing the machines and the ideas together to discover something new about nature. Modern physics at the cutting edge involves projects that cost billions of dollars and takes decades to complete, requiring extraordinary devotion and a willingness to bet high stakes in search of unique rewards. When it all comes together, the world changes."
The above extract comes from the prologue of this extraordinary book by Dr. Sean Carroll. He is a theoretical physicist at the California Institute of Technology and an author.
Note that in the above extract that a "boson" is a collective term for all particles that carry a force. For example, the photon (a particle of light) carries the electromagnetic force. The "Higgs" in Higgs boson is after British theoretical physicist Peter Higgs (born 1929).
This book deals with science and thus reality. The Higgs boson helps humanity with reality by answering this question:
Why do most particles have mass?
Personally, I read this book to learn about the Higgs boson but found that this book is so much more. (This book treats July 4, 2012 as the day the discovery of the Higgs boson was announced. Actually, it was tentatively announced on this day.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The particle at the end of the Universe by Sean Carroll published in 2012 deals with the long process of discovering the Higgs boson and the nature of the Higgs boson and the Higgs... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Stella
Didn't really fully explain the incredible importance of this discovery and what it means to human life.Published 2 months ago by S. Mordushevitz
Great book lots of good information if you're interested in CERN and the finding of the Higgs Boson. Read morePublished 5 months ago by BigDrM
why is there more matter then antimatter in the universe? To me this seems very logical, but this question still not answered, i found reading this book. Read morePublished 6 months ago by ivy
An excellent overview of the search for the Higgs. It covers the design and construction of the LHC and well as providing excellent insight into just what the Higgs boson is... Read morePublished 6 months ago by McLeod
This is a nice book and fun. It has a good background on standard model and basis of Higgs. And some nice anecdotes.Published 7 months ago by Matthew J Crowley
Carroll gives a lucid overview of the Standard Model's prediction of the new boson and it's discovery. Read morePublished 7 months ago by harryrappaport