Massive : The Hunt for the God Particle

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The biggest science story of our time, Massive spans four decades weaving together the personal stories and intense rivalry behind the search for the 'God' particle or Higgs boson - the particle that gives mass (or weight) to all things. A story of grand ambition, intense trans-Atlantic competition, clashing egos and occasionally spectacular failures, this is the first single historical narrative that brings together the science, culture and politics in an accessible way for the general reader. No other author has had such unprecedented access to the work and both the public and private life of theoretical physicist Professor Peter Higgs, the scientist after whom the particle is named. For scientists, to find the God particle is finally to understand the origin of mass. And until now, the story of their search for it has never been told.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 320 pages
  • 154 x 232 x 24mm | 421.84g
  • Ebury Publishing
  • Virgin Books
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Airport / Ireland / Export ed
  • 075352211X
  • 9780753522110
  • 897,349

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- "The discovery of the Higgs boson is the jewel in the crown of particle physics." --"Observer" - "Fine reportage... makes clear the sheer achievement of the scientists and engineers who have built the LHC, the most complex machine ever made in the service of pure science." --Graham Farmelo, "Guardian"
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About Ian Sample

Ian Sample is an award-winning science correspondent at the Guardian newspaper. He was named investigative journalist of the year in 2005 by the Association of British Science Writers and was previously a feature writer for New Scientist. He holds a PhD in biomedical science from Queen Mary, University of London. Born in Oxfordshire, he now lives in London.
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