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Present at the creation : the story of CERN and the Large Hadron Collider / Amir D. Aczel.

By: Aczel, Amir D.
Material type: TextTextPublisher: New York : Crown Publishers, c2010Edition: 1st ed.Description: xvi, 271 p., [8] p. of plates : ill. (some col.) ; 25 cm.ISBN: 9780307591678; 0307591670.Subject(s): Large Hadron Collider (France and Switzerland) | Colliders (Nuclear physics) | European Organization for Nuclear ResearchDDC classification: 539.7/36094
Contents:
The exploding protons -- The LHC and our age-old quest to understand the structure of the universe -- A place called CERN -- Building the greatest machine in history -- LHCb and the mystery of the missing antimatter -- Richard Feynman and a prelude to the standard model -- "Who ordered that?": the discoveries of leaping leptons -- Symmetries of nature, Yang-Mills theory, and quarks -- Hunting the Higgs -- How the Higgs sprang alive inside a read Camaro (and gave birth to three bosons) -- Dark matter, dark energy, and the fate of the universe -- Looking for strings and hidden dimensions -- Will CERN create a black hole? -- The LHC and the future of physics -- Afterword.
Summary: In telling the story of what is perhaps the most anticipated experiment in the history of science, Aczel takes us inside the control rooms at CERN at key moments when an international team of top researchers begins to discover whether this multi-billion euro investment will fulfill its spectacular promise.
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Includes bibliographical references (p. [253]-256) and index.

The exploding protons -- The LHC and our age-old quest to understand the structure of the universe -- A place called CERN -- Building the greatest machine in history -- LHCb and the mystery of the missing antimatter -- Richard Feynman and a prelude to the standard model -- "Who ordered that?": the discoveries of leaping leptons -- Symmetries of nature, Yang-Mills theory, and quarks -- Hunting the Higgs -- How the Higgs sprang alive inside a read Camaro (and gave birth to three bosons) -- Dark matter, dark energy, and the fate of the universe -- Looking for strings and hidden dimensions -- Will CERN create a black hole? -- The LHC and the future of physics -- Afterword.

In telling the story of what is perhaps the most anticipated experiment in the history of science, Aczel takes us inside the control rooms at CERN at key moments when an international team of top researchers begins to discover whether this multi-billion euro investment will fulfill its spectacular promise.

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CHOICE Review

Mathematician and prolific science writer Aczel (e.g., Fermat's Last Theorem, CH, Apr'97, 34-4520; God's Equation, CH, May'00, 37-5078) has produced an excellent review of past, current, and possible future theories of particle physics and how they relate to the field of cosmology. He uses the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), the most energetic particle accelerator ever built, as a focal point for a discussion of these theories. Scientists have recently begun to use the LHC to search for the last piece of the so-called standard model of particle physics and to probe for physics beyond this model. The author thoroughly researched the book's content by interviewing leading physicists who contributed to the development of the standard model as well as those who are proposing new, more comprehensive theories. Like all Aczel's books, this one is written in an accessible, engaging style and is a compelling read. Four of the volume's 14 chapters discuss details of the LHC and the first few months of its operation. These accounts give the reader a front seat at the opening of one of the most exciting endeavors in the history of physics. Summing Up: Highly recommended. All levels/libraries. P. Oxley The College of the Holy Cross

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Amir D. Aczel was born in Haifa, Israel on November 6, 1950. He received bachelor's and master's degrees in mathematics from the University of California, Berkeley and a doctorate in decision sciences from the business school at the University of Oregon. He taught at several universities during his lifetime including the University of Alaska and Bentley College. <p> His first book, Complete Business Statistics, was published in 1989 and went through eight editions. His other books include How to Beat the I.R.S. at Its Own Game: Strategies to Avoid - and Fight - an Audit; Fermat's Last Theorem: Unlocking the Secret of an Ancient Mathematical Problem; The Mystery of the Aleph: Mathematics, the Kabbalah, and the Search for Infinity; The Riddle of the Compass: The Invention That Changed the World; Entanglement: The Greatest Mystery in Physics; and Finding Zero: A Mathematician's Odyssey to Uncover the Origins of Numbers. He died from cancer on November 26, 2015 at the age of 65. <p> (Bowker Author Biography)

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