By Jon Butterworth
“Butterworth is an insider’s insider. His narrative seethes with insights at the project’s technological know-how, expertise and ‘tribes,’ in addition to his own (and usually a laugh) trip as a frontier physicist.”—Nature
the invention of the Higgs boson has introduced us a tremendous step towards knowing how our universe works. yet ahead of the Higgs was once stumbled on, its life was once hotly debated. Even Peter Higgs, who first pictured it, didn't count on to work out evidence inside of his lifetime. the hunt to discover the Higgs may eventually require probably the main formidable scan in human history.
Jon Butterworth was once there—a prime physicist at the ATLAS venture on the huge Hadron Collider in Geneva, Switzerland. In Most sought after Particle, he provides us the 1st insider account of the search for the Higgs, and of lifestyles on the collider itself—the world’s biggest and strongest particle accelerator, 17 miles lengthy, 20 tales underground, and designed to “replay” the unique substantial Bang by way of smashing subatomic debris at approximately the rate of light.
Writing with readability and humor, Butterworth revels as a lot within the demanding science—which he conscientiously reconstructs for readers of all levels—as within the messiness, uncertainty, and humanness of science—from the media scrutiny and late-night pub debates, to the fake begins and extreme strain to generate effects. He captures a second while a whole box hinged at the evidence or disproof of a 50-year-old theory—and even science’s most sensible minds didn’t understand what to anticipate. eventually, he explains why physics just isn't an identical after our first glimpse of the elusive Higgs—and the place it's going to move from here.