Want a Book About the HIggs, This is it!

(Sean Carroll, The Particle at the End of the Universe: How the Hunt for the Higgs Boson Leads us to a Whole New World, Dutton Adult, 352 pages, 24$)

Sean Carroll in my opinion has written a masterpiece known as The Particle at the End of the Universe. His book gives an in-depth look at the god particle that I have been talking about for some time now known as the Higgs boson.Before I did my research on Carroll I was quite worried that all this information might have a lot of incorrect facts simply because for anyone outside its realm, the information can be quite daunting. However, Sean Carroll is actually immersed in the world of particles physics. Carroll currently works as a physicist at Caltech with a variety of topics. His research interest span from field theory, quantum mechanics (useful for writing a book on the Higgs boson), and many other fields of inquiry. But intermittently Carroll takes a break from his quest to solve the mysteries of the universe and lets the general public in on his vast knowledge. Carroll has written two popular books for general readership: From Eternity to Here: The Quest for the Ultimate Theory of Time and The Particle at the End of the Universe: How the Hunt for the Higgs Boson Leads us to the Edge of a New World. Carroll has also co-authored a textbook for graduate students on the topic of general relativity. Carroll’s earlier work on the theory of time seems to have the same pros and cons as his most current work regarding the Higgs boson. Justin Moyer of the Washington Post expresses in his review on From Eternity to Here: The Quest for the Ultimate Theory of Time, “This isn’t the Big Bang for Dummies: On the first page Carroll announces that he will address “the nature of time, the beginning of the universe, and the underlying structure of physical reality. We’re not thinking small here”” (2010). I can also say with certainty The Particle at the End of the Universe is not thinking small either but if you are interested in the Higgs and thirst for a challenge Carroll’s book is top notch.

 

Moyer, J. (2010, February 7). Theory of Time [Review of the book From eternity to here]. The Washington Post. Retrieved from  http://www.washingtonpost.com/

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