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Nature's Blueprint: Supersymmetry and the Search for a Unified Theory of Matter and Force 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.
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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.
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.