The Particle at the End of the Universe

In the definitive account of the greatest science story of our time, acclaimed physicist Sean Carroll reveals the insights, rivalry, and wonder that fuelled the Higgs discovery, and takes us on a riveting and irresistible ride to the very ...

Author: Sean Carroll

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 9781780742335

Category: Science

Page: 352

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Winner of the Royal Society Winton Prize for Science Books A Best Science Book of the Year for the Guardian, Financial Times, and New Scientist It was the universe’s most elusive particle, the linchpin for everything scientists dreamed up to explain how physics works. It had to be found. But projects as big as CERN’s Large Hadron Collider don’t happen without incredible risks – or occasional skulduggery. In the definitive account of the greatest science story of our time, acclaimed physicist Sean Carroll reveals the insights, rivalry, and wonder that fuelled the Higgs discovery, and takes us on a riveting and irresistible ride to the very edge of physics today.

The Particle at the End of the Universe

Because compactifications define the particles and forces seen at low energies, this is like having different laws of physics in different regions. We can then call each such region a separate “universe,” and the whole collection of ...

Author: Sean Carroll

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 9781101609705

Category: Science

Page: 368

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Winner of the prestigious 2013 Royal Society Winton Prize for Science Books “A modern voyage of discovery.” —Frank Wilczek, Nobel Laureate, author of The Lightness of Being The Higgs boson is one of our era’s most fascinating scientific frontiers and the key to understanding why mass exists. The most recent book on the subject, The God Particle, was a bestseller. Now, Caltech physicist Sean Carroll documents the doorway that is opening—after billions of dollars and the efforts of thousands of researchers at the Large Hadron Collider in Switzerland—into the mind-boggling world of dark matter. The Particle at the End of the Universe has it all: money and politics, jealousy and self-sacrifice, history and cutting-edge physics—all grippingly told by a rising star of science writing.

SUMMARY The Particle At The End Of The Universe How The Hunt For The Higgs Boson Leads Us To The Edge Of A New World By Sean Carroll

particle is, the more powerful the particle gas pedal has to be to detect them. ... "string theory" is based: without supersymmetry, there are no strings, and therefore no additional dimensions, parallel worlds or multi-universes.

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Publisher: Shortcut Edition


Category: Business & Economics

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* Our summary is short, simple and pragmatic. It allows you to have the essential ideas of a big book in less than 30 minutes. As you read this summary, you will discover what the Higgs boson is and the issues that surrounded its discovery. You will also evaluate the colossal means that had to be deployed to find it and how the existence of this particle, theorized by Peter Higgs in the 1960s, could be proven. You will also discover : what are the properties of the Higgs boson and its field; what are the particles that currently make up the "standard model"; how the LHC, the world's most powerful particle gas pedal, works; what are the particularities of CERN, which hosts it; that the announcement of the discovery of the Higgs boson shook the scientific community. In July 2012, an announcement shook the world of physics. The existence of the Higgs boson is confirmed by CERN, the European Council for Nuclear Research. To detect this particle, a particle gas pedal with a diameter of 27 km, the LHC, built under the Franco-Swiss border, and a budget of 7 billion euros were needed. Here is the story of this discovery and the explanation of its stakes. *Buy now the summary of this book for the modest price of a cup of coffee!

Particle Panic

... The Particle at the End of the Universe (Plume, New York, 2012), p. 76 L. Lederman, C. Hill, Beyond the God Particle (Prometheus Books, Amherst, 2013), pp. 28–29 J. Gillies, The Truth about Birds and Baguettes, CERN Bulletin, nos.

Author: Kristine Larsen

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9783030122065

Category: Science

Page: 194

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From novels and short stories to television and film, popular media has made a cottage industry of predicting the end of the world will be caused by particle accelerators. Rather than allay such fears, public pronouncements by particle scientists themselves often unwittingly fan the flames of hysteria. This book surveys media depictions of particle accelerator physics and the perceived dangers these experiments pose. In addition, it describes the role of scientists in propagating such fears and misconceptions, offering as a conclusion ways in which the scientific community could successfully allay such misplaced fears through more effective communication strategies. The book is aimed at the general reader interested in separating fact from fiction in the field of high-energy physics, at science educators and communicators, and, last but not least, at all scientists concerned about these issues. About the Author Kristine M Larsen holds a Ph.D. in Physics and is currently a professor at Central Connecticut State University, New Britain, CT, in the Geological Sciences Department. She has published a number of books, among them The Women Who Popularized Geology in the 19th Century (Springer, 2017), The Mythological Dimensions of Neil Gaiman (eds. Anthony Burdge, Jessica Burke, and Kristine Larsen. Kitsune Press, 2012. Recipient of the Gold Medal for Science Fiction/Fantasy in the 2012 Florida Publishing Association Awards), The Mythological Dimensions of Doctor Who (eds. Anthony Burdge, Jessica Burke, and Kristine Larsen. Kitsune Press, 2010), as well as Stephen Hawking: A Biography (Greenwood Press, 2005) and Cosmology 101 (Greenwood Press, (2007).

The Declaration of Independence God and Evolution

Sean Carroll discusses all known types of particles, their interactions when they get together for a party, ... The Particle at the End of the Universe).384 The Higgs boson particle has the shortest life of all particles.

Author: Simon D. Perry

Publisher: Outskirts Press

ISBN: 9780578181417

Category: Religion

Page: 364

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In this book, Simon Perry has brought together a discussion of politics, philosophy, religion, and science by using the Declaration of Independence as a backdrop. He questions whether Jefferson was motivated by God. Is there a role for religion in our government? Is God real or a fantasy? Is the Good Book really good? Why has man turned to God to achieve eternal life? Does the mythicism of creation prevail over evolution? Is man indoctrinated at an early age to accept God unconditionally? These are but a few of the questions that he deals with. As you read, you will discover others. He spent five years researching this book and it relies heavily on the great scholars of religion, science, and politics. This book lays bare our cognitive distortions of who we are and where we came from.

Tales of the Quantum

Some of the best nontechnical books explaining the standard model are, in alphabetical order by author, Baggott, The Quantum Story ; Sean Carroll, The Particle at the End of the Universe (London: Penguin Books, 2012); Leon Lederman with ...

Author: Art Hobson

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780199384242

Category: Science

Page: 272

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Everybody has heard that we live in a world made of atoms. But far more fundamentally, we live in a universe made of quanta. Many things are not made of atoms: light, radio waves, electric current, magnetic fields, Earth's gravitational field, not to mention exotica such a neutron stars, black holes, dark energy, and dark matter. But everything, including atoms, is made of highly unified or "coherent" bundles of energy called "quanta" that (like everything else) obey certain rules. In the case of the quantum, these rules are called "quantum physics." This is a book about quanta and their unexpected, some would say peculiar, behavior--tales, if you will, of the quantum. The quantum has developed the reputation of being capricious, bewildering, even impossible to understand. The peculiar habits of quanta are certainly not what we would have expected to find at the foundation of physical reality, but these habits are not necessarily bewildering and not at all impossible or paradoxical. This book explains those habits--the quantum rules--in everyday language, without mathematics or unnecessary technicalities. While most popular books about quantum physics follow the topic's scientific history from 1900 to today, this book follows the phenomena: wave-particle duality, fundamental randomness, quantum states, superpositions (being in two places at once), entanglement, non-locality, Schrodinger's cat, and quantum jumps, and presents the history and the scientists only to the extent that they illuminate the phenomena.

A Basic Theory of Everything

different theories consider it to be one rule governing all motion in the universe (Ney and Albert, 2013). ... action at a distance where measuring one particle at one end of the universe can give the opposite result in another particle ...

Author: Atle Ottesen Søvik

Publisher: Walter de Gruyter GmbH & Co KG

ISBN: 9783110770957

Category: Philosophy

Page: 515

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What are the basic building blocks of the world? This book presents a naturalistic theory saying that the universe and everything in it can be reduced to three fundamental entities: a field, a set of values that can be actualized at different places in the field, and an actualizer of the values. The theory is defended by using it to answer the main questions in metaphysics, such as: What is causality, existence, laws of nature, consciousness, thinking, free will, time, mathematical entities, ethical values, etc.? The theory is compared with the main alternatives and argued to solve problems better than the existing theories. Several new theories are suggested, such as how to understand mental causation, free will and the truth of ethics and mathematics.

The Big Picture

Destined to sit alongside the works of our greatest thinkers, The Big Picture demonstrates that while our lives may be forever dwarfed by the immensity of the universe, they can be redeemed by our capacity to comprehend it and give it ...

Author: Sean Carroll

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 9781780746074

Category: Science

Page: 480

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‘Fascinating’ – Brian Cox, Mail on Sunday Books of the Year Where are we? Who are we? Do our beliefs, hopes and dreams hold any significance out there in the void? Can human purpose and meaning ever fit into a scientific worldview? Award-winning author Sean Carroll brings his extraordinary intellect to bear on the realms of knowledge, the laws of nature and the most profound questions about life, death and our place in it all. From Darwin and Einstein to the origins of life, consciousness and the universe itself, Carroll combines cosmos-sprawling science and profound thought in a quest to explain our world. Destined to sit alongside the works of our greatest thinkers, The Big Picture demonstrates that while our lives may be forever dwarfed by the immensity of the universe, they can be redeemed by our capacity to comprehend it and give it meaning.


THE HIGGS MECHANISM AND THE 'GOD PARTICLE' At the end of the Electroweak Epoch, the universe cools to a temperature of about 1015 kelvin and another Higgs field becomes fixed with a nonzero vacuum expectation value.

Author: Jim Baggott

Publisher: OUP Oxford

ISBN: 9780191017346

Category: Science

Page: 350

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What is life? Where do we come from and how did we evolve? What is the universe and how was it formed? What is the nature of the material world? How does it work? How and why do we think? What does it mean to be human? How do we know? There are many different versions of our creation story. This book tells the version according to modern science. It is a unique account, starting at the Big Bang and travelling right up to the emergence of humans as conscious intelligent beings, 13.8 billion years later. Chapter by chapter, it sets out the current state of scientific knowledge: the origins of space and time; energy, mass, and light; galaxies, stars, and our sun; the habitable earth, and complex life itself. Drawing together the physical and biological sciences, Baggott recounts what we currently know of our history, highlighting the questions science has yet to answer.