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Massive : the missing particle that sparked the greatest hunt in science

Author: Ian Sample
Publisher: New York : Basic Books, 2012.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st paperback edView all editions and formats
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This science story, the biggest of our time, spans four decades, weaving together the personal narratives and international rivalries behind the search for the "God particle," or Higgs boson. A story of grand ambition, intense competition, clashing egos, and occasionally spectacular failures, Massive is the first book that reveals the science, culture, and politics behind the biggest unanswered question in modern  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Ian Sample
ISBN: 0465058736 9780465058730
OCLC Number: 820123196
Notes: "Revised and expanded"--Cover.
Description: xi, 288 pages ; 21 cm
Contents: Long road to Princeton --
Shadow of the bomb --
Seventy-nine lines --
The enchanted prince --
An earnest revenge --
Reagan's renegade --
Massive Maggie --
The end is not nigh --
The Gordian knot --
Chasing the wind --
Hidden world.
Responsibility: Ian Sample.

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This science story, the biggest of our time, spans four decades, weaving together the personal narratives and international rivalries behind the search for the "God particle," or Higgs boson. A story of grand ambition, intense competition, clashing egos, and occasionally spectacular failures, Massive is the first book that reveals the science, culture, and politics behind the biggest unanswered question in modern physics--what gives things mass? Drawing upon his unprecedented access to Peter Higgs, after whom the particle is named, science journalist Ian Sample chronicles the multinational and multibillion-dollar quest to solve the mystery of mass. For scientists, to find the God particle is to finally understand the origin of mass, and until now, the story of their search has never been told.--From publisher description.

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