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  • The Particle at the End of the Universe

  • By: Sean Carroll
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Hogan
  • Length: 10 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (18 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

It was the universe's most elusive particle, the lynchpin 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 - and occasional skullduggery.

In the definitive account of this landmark event, 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.

©2012 Sean Carroll (P)2013 Recorded Books LLC

Critic Reviews

"Excellent...This book is so hard to put down. That's testament to Carroll, a practising scientist, also being a gifted writer" ( New Scientist)
"Vivid...Carroll is particularly skilled at tackling the complexities of particle physics in a readable yet reasonably uncompromising" ( Financial Times)

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An amazingly accessible story of particle physics

Outstanding. Sean Carroll, the best explainer of detailed physics, tackles the most baffling truth we have, quantum mechanics, in a way anyone can understand. He brings in humanity in the form of the scientists who contributed to what we know about sub-atomic particles, centering it around one of the greatest triumphs of experimental physics in modern times - the discovery of the Higgs boson. This book finally put together in a cohesive narrative structure all the things I'd heard or wondered about quantum mechanics, the Higgs, and even supersymmetry, string theory and other theories beyond the Standard Model.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 16-08-2016

Amazing science

Sean Carrol tells an inspiring story of particle physics and a search for Higgs boson. I would recommend this book to anyone without scientific background who wants to be inspired by science.

Very good narration makes this book a pleasure to listen. This is an amazing story how we push our boundaries of understanding how universe works.

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  • lostindenmark
  • 01-12-2013

A fascinating insight into the history of CERN

If you could sum up The Particle at the End of the Universe in three words, what would they be?

Higgs boson explained

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Particle at the End of the Universe?

This is a factual book this is a silly question.

What about Jonathan Hogan’s performance did you like?

OK but at times he sounded like he had been reading too long and was tired.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Physics enlightens me, does not move me, silly question.

Any additional comments?

Overall it is an excellent listen if you are interested in the story behind the discovery of the Higgs boson. It requires a modicum of understanding of particle physics but most people who are attracted by this subject will be able to understand it.

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  • Superpredator
  • 10-12-2014

you had one job, carroll...

Would you try another book written by Sean Carroll or narrated by Jonathan Hogan?

I doubt it. Although I can't fault Hogan for a workmanlike job of narration, the flaw lies with Carroll, who manages to take one of the most exciting breakthroughs in modern physics, the biggest, most complex experiment ever conducted, plus the exploration of the deepest most fundamental nature of the universe and cock it up. True, it's a difficult, esoteric subject, but he's supposed to be a science communicator, and the audience for this kind of book (I would imagine) wouldn't come to it without a small measure of knowledge about the subject. A confused, muddled book, too full of vignettes about quirky scientists and personal imposition.
I'm not sure how he managed it, but, he made the whole fascinating tale boring hard work.
Boo.

What other book might you compare The Particle at the End of the Universe to, and why?

I would compare it unfavourably to anything by Richard Dawkins, such as The Blind Watchmaker or Unweaving The Rainbow, or Bad Science by Ben Goldacre, but only to show that these books are how it should be done.

Would you listen to another book narrated by Jonathan Hogan?

Sure, the narration is fine, lively and engaging. Plenty of variation of pace and pitch and all the things that stop a voice being tedious to listen to.

Did The Particle at the End of the Universe inspire you to do anything?

Read a better book on the subject.

Any additional comments?

You had one job, Carroll.

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  • Alan
  • 26-04-2020

Appendices?

Great book but the appendices are not included with the audiobook. Would have been 5 stars of this included a pdf of diagrams as well as the omitted appendices.

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  • Mr S Harrison
  • 07-07-2014

Disappointing

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

Firstly the narration in my opinion is awful and makes the book painful to listen to. Also very full of annoying Americanisms.

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

The book doesn't 'end' as such, it just peters out feebly.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

He makes the book hard to listen to with drawl of his voice and monotony of his timbre.

What character would you cut from The Particle at the End of the Universe?

Not applicable

Any additional comments?

I was really looking forward to listening to this book but was left wishing I hadn't bothered.

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