The Particle at the End of the Universe

How the Hunt for the Higgs Boson Leads Us to The Edge of a New World

Sean Carroll, 2012, Hillsboro 539.721


Mostly about the development of the Standard Model, mathless. There is a large "bandgap" between word salad physics descriptions and the full-mathematical graduate-level description, and very little in between. This is among the best word-salad books, but I hope to find one which at least includes some algebra, and better technical illustrations of the geometry. Many more drawings explaining symmetries would help.

Lyn Evans, the man who built the LHC. Learn more about this engineer/scientist/manager.

Page 110 LHC, bunches collide 20 MHz. Hundreds of millions of collisions per second, up to 100 or more particles per collision, one megabyte per collision, "1000 1-terabyte hard drives per second"

Page 119 "science consultant for big-budget Hollywood movie", planet shaped like a disk. COuldn't find reference with websearch.

Page 208 Particle Fever, David Kaplan, Walter Murch, Sundance 2013.

Page 219 More and Different: Notes from a Thoughtful Curmudgeon by Phil Anderson.

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