Smashing Physics

Smashing Physics The discovery of the Higgs boson made headlines around the world Two scientists Peter Higgs and Fran ois Englert whose theories predicted its existence shared a Nobel Prize The discovery was the cu

  • Title: Smashing Physics
  • Author: Jon Butterworth
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 436
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • The discovery of the Higgs boson made headlines around the world Two scientists, Peter Higgs and Fran ois Englert, whose theories predicted its existence, shared a Nobel Prize The discovery was the culmination of the largest experiment ever run, the ATLAS and CMS experiments at CERN s Large Hadron Collider.But what really is a Higgs boson and what does it do How was itThe discovery of the Higgs boson made headlines around the world Two scientists, Peter Higgs and Fran ois Englert, whose theories predicted its existence, shared a Nobel Prize The discovery was the culmination of the largest experiment ever run, the ATLAS and CMS experiments at CERN s Large Hadron Collider.But what really is a Higgs boson and what does it do How was it found And how has its discovery changed our understanding of the fundamental laws of nature And what did it feel like to be part of it Jon Butterworth is one of the leading physicists at CERN and this book is the first popular inside account of the hunt for the Higgs It is a story of incredible scientific collaboration, inspiring technological innovation and ground breaking science It is also the story of what happens when the world s most expensive experiment blows up, of neutrinos that may or may not travel faster than light, and the reality of life in an underground bunker in Switzerland.This book will also leave you with a working knowledge of the new physics and what the discovery of the Higgs particle means for how we define the laws of nature It will take you to the cutting edge of modern scientific thinking.

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    1. Jon, il caro Jon, spiega benissimo tutto quello cheha portato alla scoperta del bosone di Higgs. Per una volta, il fulcro è sul lavoro sperimentale, e non solo su quanto il povero Peter (Higgs) e gli altri teorici aspettassero questa scoperta.Nel caso vogliate farvi un'idea di quanto lavoro ci sia voluto, questo libro è probabilmente il migliore sussidio. Non sono chiaramente necessarie conoscenze pregresse in nessun campo scientifico.

    2. This is an amazing book on the journey leading up to the discovery of the Higgs boson. I have always been fascinated by Physics and have eagerly followed (or tried to, with my limited understanding!) the developments in particle physics theories and the experimental results. The search for the Higgs boson has been in the works for a long time, but the interest levels accelerated since the opening of the Large Hadron Collider in 2009. Jon Butterworth is an experimental scientist who has been asso [...]

    3. The inside of story of the hunt for the Higgs boson by the hundreds of Physicians working in Large Hadron Collider for the sole mission of making one of the most eminent scientific breakthrough of the 21 century, the Higgs boson or the Higgs particle. A particle much much smaller than that of an electron and how it will change the world as we know of today. Despite all the scientifical jargons and technical terms, the writer is quite good at humor. Making this writing less boring, less exhaustin [...]

    4. The discovery of the laws that describe what is going on inside atoms has been one of science's greatest triumphs. It was achieved with remarkable speed, subatomic science having begun little more than a century ago as an academic backwater and developed into a quintessential example of "big science".The first subatomic particle, the electron, was discovered by the Cambridge physicist JJ Thomson in 1897 using desktop apparatus that cost only a few thousand pounds at today's prices. Few people in [...]

    5. A good overview of the events, people and experiments in the LHC for demonstrating the existence of the Higgs field/boson. If you are not as familiar with the associated quantum mechanics, I would suggest a read through over a listen on audio-book - the small divestitures into the physics typically required more attention/concentration to grasp the concept than my usual audio books. I expect it would have been more useful to see the equations and interactions in print.

    6. A particle physics walk-through for wide range of interested readers. I could not follow some of the parts as I am just a layman in physics but nevertheless I was able to enjoy the story of finding Higgs boson.

    7. An entertaining read about the large Hadron collider, and I am now much more familiar with the standard model.

    8. A very well written & up close account of a herculean scientific endeavour towards unravelling the nature of the physical universe we find oursleves in. Sincere thanks to the author in writing this book which enables science enthusiasts & laypersons alike to learn a lot from the grand work done to find the elusive [standard model] Higgs boson. Kudos !

    9. I listened to this on audio which may not have been such a great idea. There is a lot of detailed physics in it but without the ability to flick back easily to an earlier chapter and re-read a crucial paragraph as you can do in a book, I quickly lost track of which fundamental particle is which and what they all do. I've now started listening to it again, in the forlorn hope I may take in more the second time around.The book is entertaining though, and it was useful for someone such as myself wi [...]

    10. Most Wanted Particle is an insider’s tale of the hunt for the Higgs boson, the field which imparts mass to, well, nearly everything. Written by Jon Butterworth—a physicist working with the ATLAS team at the Large Hadron Collider—the book documents the construction of the Large Hadron Collider, the catastrophe after it was first turned on, and the global excitement as evidence for the Higgs boson grew incontrovertible.Most Wanted Particle has already received glowing praise from the likes o [...]

    11. Smashing Physics is a highly specialized book for readers who are fairly familiar with particle physics, with interest in experiment physics/instruments and also have an interest in the small and large events that led to the big Higgs' Day at CERN/ATLAS. When you think of it, it is a book that could be substantially interesting to all the author's colleagues working on or with the LHC but likely few elsewhere.The book is surely not another explanation or interpretation of particle physics. The a [...]

    12. I've always had a fascination with writing about astronomy and quantum physics by authors who can translate for non-scientists. Butterworth does have that skill. He also pounds that fact into our head with constant crowing about how he was always being sought out by the BBC and how popular his blog is. I didn't know he was a blogger before reading the book. I might have chosen not to read it had I known. As often happens, much of the book reads like a compilation of blog posts, and at times he e [...]

    13. I don't know if the author set out to do so, but the title is a triple entendre. It represents the physics of breaking things, the destruction of standard physics, as well as an exuberant cry of joy for the importance of advancing science to the human endeavor. It took a while for me to get on board with the book, but once I did, I enjoyed it.The author spends a good amount of time talking about the struggles CERN went through in constructing the LHC as well as an amazing breakdown of how it wor [...]

    14. Butterworth is one of the experimental physicist responsible for the Large Hadron Collider (LHC). In Smashing Physics, he gives a glimpse of the modern physics world, the theory, the knowledge and some of the concerns that shakes the community.Butterworth's writing makes it very easy to understand the concepts. Although he does not dwells into the mathematics behind the theories, he has given his readers a rather deep overview of what modern physics consist of.Throughout the book, there are sect [...]

    15. If you're interested in particle physics, want to get a view of the LHC from the perspective of a physicist, and want to better understand the search for the Higgs Boson, then this is the book you need to read. Jon Butterworth explains how the experiments, machinery, and the processes all worked together to aid in the discovery of the Higgs Boson.Before you open this book go ahead and grab a pad of paper and a writing instrument cause you're very likely to want to take notes. The author does a g [...]

    16. I consider myself only a Science enthusiast and I'll admit that this book was too much for me - too many concepts, too many jargons, basically too many "particles"!To make things easier, the author includes a glossary section in a few chapters. They are, without a doubt, of great help. I also had to read some articles online to bring myself on par with the standard of the book.The book could have mentioned some of the risks of running the LHC at such high energies, but again, I'm not sure if the [...]

    17. This a great little book about the story of all the work that had to be put in by everyone at, around, and before the LHC to prove beyond reasonable doubt the existence of the Higgs Boson.It does describe the physics, but not to a great degree. This is more about the complexity of the journey which amplified the author's joy of the discovery. An enthusiasm that transpires between (and on) the lines, making this and enjoyable and easy read.There are a few too many references to what the author ha [...]

    18. This was a capably written book that was unfortunately not quite what I had expected. From the cover, I thought it would mostly be about the ways that the discovery of the Higgs-Boson has changed our understanding of physics with some emphasis on how the discovery was made. This did focus on how the discovery was made, but in particular, it was an autobiography of the author's experience during that time, rather than focusing on the project, itself. Those portions were not of particular interest [...]

    19. The book highlights the arduous and meticulous behind the scenes moments of research science, reminding me of a scientist's enviable devotion and reassuring me that my choice to not engage in a research based science career was apt. Furthermore, it vastly improved my knowledge concerning the particle physics frontier, which was well appreciated, as it's beginning to become a hobby of mine and forces me to think about the world in a deeper way. Immense respect to the author and the other thousand [...]

    20. Not as interesting as I expected. There was undoubtedly a lot of physics, so for someone with no background in physics, it will be a nightmare. Also as the journey explained by Jon involved himself as well, there were bits and parts of biography in the book. That is perfectly ok, but there is thin line between writing about your work and self adulation, I think that became too thin. Will write detailed review soon.

    21. This book had two problems. On the one hand, the science was hard to follow. I understand that it is a difficult subject for the layman but if you are going to write a nonacademic work about a subject it is incumbent on the author too make it accessible. I am pretty well versed in this science for a layman and I could not follow parts of this work.Secondly, a lot of the book boiled down to descriptions of committee meetings. Just not really an interesting topic.

    22. Who says you have to dummy down scientific knowledge to make it comprehensible? Certainly not Jon Butterworth. Not only that, he makes it interesting. Science is done by humans and this a very human book which makes the universe exciting, entertaining and intriguing. Recommended -- and no math required!

    23. I'm a physics student, so honestly, the author could have thrown a load of science at me and I wouldn't have minded, but I absolutely loved the writing style of this book, how it went from some serious particle physics to a funny anecdote and then back again. I've learnt a lot, and it didn't even feel like learning.

    24. The book is ok, it is not a master piece. Jon Butterworth basically explains what is going on at the LHC. He puts a lot of irrelavant private comments in the book which have nothing to do with the current subject or physics (why?!).I'm not disappointed that I bought this book, but I was expecting more.

    25. This book is just a couple years old and already so out of date! I love it for the history of the LHC and good explanation of the physics concepts behind why the Higgs Boson is so important. Since there have been so many advancements in the last couple years, I couldn't recommend it for much other than a story book. Still fun!

    26. Loved this book, read it very quickly. Just the right combination of physics and story about why the LHC does what it does, how particle physics works at enough of a level that I learnt things.All written by one of the people responsible for helping to design and run experiments and look at the results.

    27. This is an inspiring and entertaining personal story of one man's work on the LHC. Butterworth isn't afraid to describe the science, which I really appreciated. This story is pretty narrowly focused on the Standard Model, neutrinos, and the Higgs.

    28. This book is a difficult one to review as physics is not a particular strong point of mine. Don't get me wrong, I have I would like to think an above average knowledge, but I found this very specialised, and at points was lost in the technicalities of particle physics.

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