Higgs

The Invention and Discovery of the 'God Particle'

by: Jim Baggott

Higgs
Author: Jim Baggott

Publisher: Oxford University Press

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Format: Hardback

Publication date: 13 August 2012

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ISBN: 0199603499 ISBN 13: 9780199603497

Higgs by Jim Baggott

The hunt for the Higgs particle has involved the biggest, most expensive experiment ever. The discovery of a new particle, consistent with the Higgs boson, is the strongest indicator yet that the Standard Model reflects the basic building blocks of our Universe. Here, Jim Baggott explains the science behind the discovery, and its implications. Top page

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The hunt for the Higgs particle has involved the biggest, most expensive experiment ever. So exactly what is this particle? Why does it matter so much? What does it tell us about the Universe? Has the discovery announced on 4 July 2012 finished the search? And was finding it really worth all the effort? The short answer is yes. The Higgs field is proposed as the way in which particles gain mass - a fundamental property of matter. It's the strongest indicator yet that the Standard Model of physics really does reflect the basic building blocks of our Universe. Little wonder the hunt and discovery of this new particle has produced such intense media interest. Here, Jim Baggott explains the science behind the discovery, looking at how the concept of a Higgs field was invented, how the vast experiment was carried out, and its implications on our understanding of all mass in the Universe. The book was written over the eighteen months of the CERN Large Hadron Collider experiment, with its final chapter rounded off on the day of the announcement 'that a particle consistent with the standard model Higgs boson has been discovered.' Top page

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Publisher & Imprint: Oxford University Press

City: Oxford

Pages: 304

More info: height 205 mm width 142 mm weight 420 gr thickness 28 mm

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Age recommended: General/trade

Subject Indexing & Classification Dewey:(DC23) 539.721 Library of Congress Subject: Science - Philosophy

Departments: Popular science; Particle & high-energy physics;

Record updated at: 29 July, 2014 time: 13:45

Summary Higgs PREFACE ; PROLOGUE: FORM AND SUBSTANCE ; 1. INVENTION ; 1. The poetry of logical ideas ; 2. Not a sufficient excuse ; 3. People will be very stupid about it ; 4. Applying the right ideas to the wrong problem ; 5. I can do that ; 2. DISCOVERY ; 6. Alternating neutral currents ; 7. They must be Ws ; 8. Throw deep ; 9. A fantastic moment ; 10. The Shakespeare question ; EPILOGUE: THE CONSTRUCTION OF MASS ; ENDNOTES ; GLOSSARY ; BIBLIOGRAPHY ; INDEX Top page

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