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The history of particle physics, the hunt for the most elusive particle, and the fundamental questions the search has inspired.

How did physicists combine talent and technology to discover the Higgs boson, the last piece in our inventory of the subatomic world? How did the Higgs change our understanding of the universe? And now, nearly a decade after its detection, what comes next? Answering these questions, Ivo van Vulpen - a CERN particle physicist and member of the team behind the detection - invites us on a journey to the frontiers of our knowledge.

Enjoy van Vulpen’s accessible explanation of the history of particle physics and of concepts like quantum mechanics and relativity - and ponder his inquiries regarding the search for new particles (to explain dark matter), a new force (to combine the existing fundamental forces), and new phenomena (undiscovered dimensions of space). This is a lively account of work at the world’s highest-energy particle accelerator, with inspiring personal reflections on humanity’s discoveries deeper and deeper into the world of the very small.  

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©2018 Ivo van Vulpen; English translation: 2020 Yale Universtiy Press (P)2020 Audible, Inc.

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Wow how simple was that...

I can't believe how good a job the author did making particle physics so accessible and understandable with very plain explanations. Full marks. The analogies that he uses throughout the book to explain complex concepts were so illuminating. You probably won't capture every detail but the important details you will.

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