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Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Beyond the God Particle by Leon M. Two leading physicists discuss the importance of the Higgs Boson, the future of particle physics, and the mysteries of the universe yet to be unraveled. This el Two leading czzastka discuss the importance of the Higgs Boson, the future of particle physics, and the mysteries of the universe yet to be unraveled.

This elusive subatomic particle forms a field that permeates the entire universe, creating the masses of the elementary particles that are the basic building blocks of everything in the known world–from viruses to elephants, from atoms to quasars. Lederman and Hill discuss key questions that will bosks physicists for years to come: Using thoughtful, witty, everyday language, the authors show how all of these intriguing questions are leading scientists ever deeper into the fabric of nature.

Published October czatka by Prometheus Books first published January 1st goska To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Beyond the God Particleplease sign up. Be the first to ask a question about Beyond the God Czastks. Lists with This Book. This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Jun 04, Doug Clark rated it liked it. The Higgs particle, named after Dr. Peter Higgs, who proposed it in the mids, is felt to offer a solution as biska why objects have mass.

As I am fascinated by particle physics, quantum theory, relativity and cosmology, the film inspired me to finally read a book published in Lederman, a Nobel Prize winner in Physics in for his work with neutrinos and the former Director of Fermilab, is uniquely positioned to write a book on the history and discovery of the Higgs particle and speculations of what will follow from that discovery.

Work was actually begun, but Congress officially killed the progress following a vote in czastkw House of Representatives biska October 19, This vote essentially removed the United States from a leading research position in the search for the Higgs particle.

This was a disaster according to Lederman. And it will be a recurring theme throughout the book. Lederman is very disappointed by this turn of events. This further delayed the search for the Higgs particle until November 20, when protons were again circulated through the tunnel.

Miliardy dolarów w błocie, a bozon Higgsa może nie istnieć…

Following months of experiments and data collection, the obska of the Higgs particle was announced on July 4, The following chapter delves deeply into the theory and discovery of muons and pions and their properties. In particular, the authors examine some of their properties and symmetries such as spin and parity.


This is not particularly easy material. This parity violation in pion decay is what led to the hypothesis of the Higgs boson. The next two chapters develop the definitions, theories and ideas of what mass is. Chapter 5 looks at mass in far more detail—particles both with and without mass. What symmetries are there? How does quantum physics enter in? What is a vacuum?

What effect does relativity have? What is chirality basically left- and right-handedness and why is it important? Chapter 5 is fairly long and the material is difficult to understand.

The authors do a reasonable job in explaining these concepts, but it is czasta light reading in any sense. Chapter Six is a history and explanation of the weak interaction and how it relates to the Higgs particle. The weak interaction is the weak force and deals with certain nuclear processes such as beta decay. Combining the weak force with electromagnetism led to the Standard Model in particle physics.

The authors spend time to go into the details of the weak interactions and how the weak charge symmetry is broken as the particle vibrates, changing its chirality.

As with the previous chapter, this is not fast or easy reading. Chapter Seven develops the history and basic ideas of microscopes. This led from the optical microscope to the electron microscope and beyond. Particle accelerators are essentially microscopes using smaller particles to study other particles. Chapter Eight is a history of particle accelerators from linacs linear accelerators to cyclotrons to synchrotrons to the LHC. The chapter concludes with some speculations as to the next generation of particle accelerators.

This includes beta decay and other weak processes. This leads the authors back to the subject of symmetries. There are three they discuss in Chapter Nine: The weak interactions violate this.

This is a symmetry in which if we replace all normal czasfka with their antimatter pairs, we would still achieve the same results. This is also violated by the weak interactions. This is the symmetry we have if we can reverse the flow of time and no change is noticed. As it turns out, quantum theory requires CPT combined to be an exact symmetry, and to date, experiments have borne that out. Chapter Ten turns to neutrinos and incorporates further research by Lederman.

In this chapter, the authors discuss the importance of neutrinos in particle physics and how further research can be critical.

Chapters 11 and 12 both look at what lies beyond the discovery of the Higgs particle. What questions are still unanswered.

What avenues of research are open to physicists. The main topic the authors deal with in these chapters is the eventual construction of a muon collider. They conclude with the question that although the Higgs particle do explain or rather accommodate the masses of other particles, it does not explain its own mass. This is a frustrating question. So, did I czatska the book? Yes, for the most part I did.


Of course, that may not be fair on my part. He has justly had an important role in several of these developments, although not the Higgs particle directly. This lack of vision by Congress has proven costly in terms of US nuclear and particle research.

This disappointment casts a long shadow over the book. However, if the reader is willing to spend some time struggling through the czastja parts, the book is a valuable picture of modern particle and quantum physics with speculations for future investigation.

Dec 02, Bob Martin rated it liked it Shelves: I don’t doubt this deserves more stars but chunks of this book were beyond me. Still I came away with a much better understanding of some of the interactions of subatomic particles than I had before. Some of the value of this is to realize that the question of what gives particles mass is a cczastka that needs an answer. At many points I had to set the book down just to ponder. Jul 30, Thomas Myers rated it it was ok.

I was really looking forward to this – the potential of human achievement and all that. It started off great, being half science textbook, half history book, and half manifesto. However, it quickly becomes a slog.

Beyond the God Particle

The science czstka the Standard Model czastia dense, and despite his best efforts, the author isn’t able to translate it into a level of comprehension for an average level. Mar 23, Brendan McAuliffe added it. The Ultimate science nerd stuff, now I know why quarks are strange. Jan 20, Phil Scovis rated it liked it. Along the way, the authors repeatedly answer the popular question: According to legend, “What’s the use of this? The ques “The Large Hadron Collider is the world’s most powerful microscope.

Beyond the God Particle by Leon M. Lederman

The question seems ridiculous in hindsight, yet people still seriously ask it of today’s fundamental research. While many people might recognize the value of understanding boskq for its own sake, the authors easily tick off dozens of useful and profitable applications of particle physics, past and present. They miss no opportunities to criticize American political shortsightedness in government funding of science.

As if to put a fine point on it, they casually drop the names of China and Japan as possible contenders with America for the future of scientific dominance.

The book combines a breezy overview of subatomic physics with the history that led us to the depth of understanding we have today. Nov 24, Ben rated it it was amazing.