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Nature's Blueprint Hardcover – September 16, 2008

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Essential reading (New Scientist)

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.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 230 pages
  • Publisher: Smithsonia (September 16, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061558362
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061558368
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.3 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,343,724 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
This book reviews supersymmetry within the context of the LHC. It is extremely clear and you will understand a lot when you're done. It has insights that will teach both the interested lay reader and even a non-supersymmetric-expert physicist.

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.
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I grabbed Dan Cooper's new book partly because I had read and enjoyed his last book, Dark Cosmos, and partly because I am interested in supersymmetry and the particles it predicts as possible dark matter candidates. I believe this book is better than Dan Cooper's first - and I enjoyed that book quite a bit. This book very nicely deals with supersymmetry in a logical way and at a level that the average person interested in science will easily comprehend. It also goes into some greater detail that more advanced readers will enjoy. The book also conveyed the sense of excitement and expectancy that particle physicists and astrophysicists surely share over the "just-now-operating" LHC. Hopefully, the results of experiments at the LHC will - as Dan Cooper hopes - soon provide some credible evidence for supersymmetry and potential super-symmetric particles, and hopefully the resulting science can crack open the mystery of dark matter from the cosmic perspective.

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.
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Format: Hardcover
This book is written very well. You don't have to be a physicist to understand it, and I actually found answers to questions that have been bothering me since my college chemistry and physics classes.

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.
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This is a great book which clearly explains advances in particle physics and cosmology and the historic progression towards possible verification of the Supersymmetry theory. To date, this theory has been progressively proven but it remains an incomplete explanation of what drives the universe. In the book, one chapter leads nicely into the next and there are necessary but minimal reminders of the important issues along the way. If the existence of superpartner particles is eventually discovered, we will indeed have looked over God's shoulder and seen nature's blueprint.

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.
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I'd like more in-depth mathematical description, but I'm sure the publisher & editors worked hard to keep math and equations out of this book. However, one can use this for excellent context with other sources that have too much math and not enough context to put together a good conceptual picture of what's going on with supersymmetry. I'm enjoying the writing style of the book very much...some dry humor that has caused me to smile more than once.
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Published in 2008, this book on Supersymmetry is OK. But I found myself wanting to like it more than I actually did.

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.
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This is so far the easiest book to read I have found on the subject. Great for someone that want to make sense of the works of quantum mechanics and it's relationship to nature. Good quality and a unique perspective from the Author.
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