In the early 1960s, three groups of physicists, working independently in different countries, stumbled upon the idea of a particle that, if it existed at all, would reveal the very origins of mass - the last building block of life itself. It was an idea that would change physics and fuel one of the greatest races science has ever seen. This is the gripping story of the hunt for the Higgs boson, a.k.a. 'the God particle'.
In this riveting journey through the brilliant and bizarre world of particle physics, award-winning science writer Ian Sample weaves together the stories of the teams of scientists on the boson's trail. Featuring the giant particle colliders built to further their quest, the clashing egos, spectacular failures and heated debates over whether the search might destroy the universe, it is an epic story that has never been told. And now, with the Large Hadron Collider at Cern in Geneva, we may be on the very cusp of discovering the particle and with it the origin of mass. Whichever way you look at it, this story is massive.show more