What Lincoln does brilliantly is dispel the popular myth that the LHC was built solely to discover the Higgs boson, or 'God particle'. This is a project with a far wider reach... His fresh analogies and insights make this book very readable.
(Valerie Jamieson New Scientist
The book is written in a very readable and entertaining style, and I can warmly recommend it to anyone with more than a passing interest in science.
(John L. Hutchison infocus
A Fermilab scientist conveys the excitement surrounding the LHC.
This small book conveys the excitement and the importance of science's biggest ever experiment.
I deeply enjoyed Lincoln’s very accessible discussions of antimatter and Cerenkov radiation. And the in-depth explanations of what the different calorimeters and solenoids do inside the LHC’s vast underground accelerator are fascinating.
(Sally Adee IEEE Spectrum Magazine
It is to the author’s credit that he succeeds in explaining all the major ideas at a level that should be comprehensible to a very wide readership, using little or no mathematicallanguage... The style of writing is extremely pleasant, and any reader who has an interest in particle physics, including those without any previous knowledge of the subject, should find this material accessible and interesting.
Don Lincoln's book should be in the hands of everyone interested in physics―even if only vaguely. It conveys the excitement particle physicists feel―and everyone else should feel―about the start of the Large Hadron Collider.
(Gabor Domokos, The Johns Hopkins University)
The Quantum Frontier... prepares readers with what they can anticipate when the LHC becomes operational.
(John S. Rigden and Roger H. Stuewer Physics in Perspective
Should be in every physics library: it offers an exciting assessment of the Large Haldron Collider, which runs between France and Switzerland, and surveys just why its opening is so significant. You needn't be a physicist to appreciate its importance, and the clear explorations in layman's terms imparts excitement. Perfect for any general lending library strong in science.
(Midwest Book Review
Don Lincoln's playful, energetic style took me from the fundamentals of contemporary physics through to the extremely complex and sophisticated guts of the LHC experiments, touching on everything from the Earth's 'inevitable' destruction by black holes to speculated future physics experiements in a post-LHC era. Cracking it open for the first time, I was worried that a book taking under 200 pages to cover such an ambitious topic would be riddled with sterile facts listed on after the other. But the contrary is what I found.
(Jordan Juras CERN Courier
[A] practical attitude is typical of The Quantum Frontier... a useful experimental companion to the many theory-oriented books on particle physics.
Lincoln (Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory) uses a relaxed style to lead (and draw) the reader slowly into the complex subject matter. The text is supported by many helpful tables and figures that summarize and/or explain their topics well.
This engaging story will be appreciated by readers interested in the frontiers of science.
About the Author
Don Lincoln is a scientist with the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory. He is the author of Understanding the Universe: From Quarks to the Cosmos.