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Published on September 1st, 2013 | by Carl Mundy


‘The Particle at the End of the Universe’ by Sean Carroll

‘The Particle at the End of the Universe’ by Sean Carroll Carl Mundy

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Summary: A brilliantly entertaining introduction to particle physics, the Higgs Boson and our journey to understand the universe in it's most indivisible form.
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In early July of 2012, an announcement was made at what is arguably the spiritual and physical home of particle physics and the largest particle physics laboratory in the world. Organisation Européenne pour la Recherche Nucléaire, or CERN as well all know it, announced the independent discovery of a brand new particle by two experiments housed in the legendary tunnels which flirt the Franco-Swiss border as part of the Large Hadron Collider (LHC). This new particle is now believed to be the long theorised Higgs Boson, or at the very least something very similar.

Sean Carroll is both a great scientist and a great communicator of science, and this book is no exception to that rule. In 282 pages, plus helpful appendices, Carroll takes us, the reader, on a delightful journey through the history of the standard model of particle physics, the Higgs Boson itself and indeed the the machines and people that have been instrumental in humanity’s journey so far. This book is one of the most accessible on the subject; no prior knowledge of particle physics is needed to enjoy this read as Carroll gently guides you through physical concepts and scientific definitions with helpful figures to boot.

There is just one bad thing about this book and something that Carroll himself mentions along the way – the title. If anything, the discovery of this Higgs-like particle could be the beginning of new physics, and a new understanding of the universe. However, this takes nothing away from the pages inside the cover and our advice is this: read this book!

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Astronomy PhD student from the UK with a passion for astronomy and science outreach projects. Involved with weekly science-based radio programme The Science Show on University Radio Nottingham (URN).

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