Sean Carroll
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 fullmathematical graduatelevel description, and very little in between. This is among the best wordsalad 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 1terabyte hard drives per second"
 This compares to the data rate of scanning a stream of launch loop rotor bolts to 10 micrometer precision. This data would be compared to the prior history of the bolts, repeating every 8 minutes. Identifying "interesting" "evolving" defects that increase the probability of future failure for a bolt, then replacing that bolt in the stream, is a computation and pattern recognition problem on a similar scale to LHC particle detection. Launch loop will exploit many technological advances created by the genius researchers at LHC.
Page 119 "science consultant for bigbudget 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.
 book flap: "at press time, he was involved in several scientific controversies about high profile subjects, about which his point of view, though unpopular at the moment, is likely to prevail eventually"
The Big Picture
On the Origins of Life, Meaning, and the Universe Itself
2016, Beaverton, 576.83 CAR
This is philosophy, not science as such. Trying to turn science into "emotional meaning" is difficult; "is" is not "ought". I checked it out hoping to learn about why cosmologists chose the models they do, and why those models are absurdly oversimplified; perhaps the message is that they choose oversimplified models so the can write emotional philosophies like this book.
My own view is that nature in the miniature is ruledriven, but those rules have extremely complex and baroque, with surprising nonobvious outcomes. Nature at maximum scope is far more complex, but difficult and expensive to observe, so there is still a wilderness for the philosophers to hypothesize the existence of islands of philosophical orderliness. Spherical cows have been banished from the Earth and from our particle colliders, but they still orbit at the extremes of space and time.
Or, I'm rectocrainially inserted, and I should devote more hours to reading books like this. That would leave less time to read books with math in them.
The appendix has some math, the equation for the standard model "action", page 437:
W = { \Huge \int _{\large {k<\Lambda} } } { \large { [Dg][DA][D\psi][D\Phi] } } ~ exp \Bigg\{ ~ i ~ { \Huge \int } d^4 x \sqrt{g} \Bigg[ { { \large { m_p^2 \over 2} } ~ R  { \large {1 \over 4} } { \large ~ F_{\mu\nu}^a ~ F^{a\mu\nu} + ~ i ~ { \overline { \psi ^{ \small i } } } ~\gamma^\mu ~ D_\mu \psi^{ \small i } + \left( { \overline { \psi_{\small L}^{\small ~ i } } } ~ V_{ij} ~ \Phi ~ \psi_{\small R}^{ \small ~ j } + h.c.\right)   D_\mu ~ \Phi ^2  V(\Phi) } }\Bigg] \Bigg\}
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{ \Large \int _{ {k<\Lambda} } } { { [Dg][DA][D\psi][D\Phi] } } ~ exp ~ { \large \{ } ~ i 

k<\Lambda 
Ultraviolet cutoff, energy limit for valid calculation 
Dg 
gravitons 
DA 
bosonic force fields 
D \psi 
fermions 
D \Phi 
Higgs 
{ \Large \int } d^4 x \sqrt{g} 

\sqrt{g} 
curvature of spacetime 
{ \large { m_p^2 \over 2 } } ~ R 
gravity 
m_p 
Planck mass 
R 
Curvature scalar 
h.c. 
hermetian conjugate; use only real part of complex numbers in these terms 
F 
Field Strength tensor 
F_{\mu\nu}^a ~ F^{a\mu\nu} 
other forces like electromagnetism 
i ~ { \overline { \psi ^{ \small i } } } ~\gamma^\mu ~ D_\mu \psi^{ \small i } + \left( { \overline { \psi_{\small L}^{\small ~ i } } } ~ V_{ij} ~ \Phi ~ \psi_{ \small R }^{ \small ~ j } + h.c.\right) 
matter 
V_{ij} 
Mixing matrix, fermion decay 
subscripts L and R 
Lefthanded and righthanded fields work differently, parity violation 
 D_\mu ~ \Phi ^2  V(\Phi) 
Higgs kinetic and potential terms, always nonzero 