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Higgs: The Invention and Discovery of the "God Particle"
 
 
Author
Jim Baggott.
Publisher Oxford  
Format hardcover
ISBN 9780199603497
Pages/Publication Date 277/2012
Daedalus Item Code 29575
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The international effort to find the Higgs particle has involved the largest, most expensive lab experiment ever conducted—and one that may have yielded a brilliant success. What is this elusive particle called the Higgs boson, and why has it been nicknamed the "God particle?" What does Higgs tell us about the universe, and was finding it really worth all the effort? The short answer to this last question, says science writer Jim Baggott, is yes, and there was much at stake. The Standard Model of particle physics (the theoretical foundation for our understanding of all matter) proposes the Higgs field—a universal medium in which particles exist—as a way to explain how atomic particles gain mass, a fundamental property of matter. If such a field is there it should also have a corresponding boson particle, which would verify the Standard Model; not surprisingly, the hunt for the Higgs boson—and the possibility that the new particle discovered at the Large Hadron Collider on July 4, 2012, might be the Higgs—has produced intense media interest. Baggott explains the science behind the discovery, looking at how the concept of a Higgs field was invented, how it fits within the Standard Model, and its implications for our understanding of the universe.
 
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