The Large Hadron Collider: The Extraordinary Story of the Higgs Boson and Other Stuff That Will Blow Your Mind

The Large Hadron Collider: The Extraordinary Story of the Higgs Boson and Other Stuff That Will Blow Your Mind

Don Lincoln


Since 2008 scientists have carried out experiments in a hyperenergized, 17-mile supercollider underneath the border of France and Switzerland. the massive Hadron Collider (or what scientists name "the LHC") is without doubt one of the wonders of the trendy world―a hugely refined medical software designed to recreate in miniature the stipulations of the universe as they existed within the microseconds following the large bang. between many striking LHC discoveries, one ended in the 2013 Nobel Prize in Physics for revealing facts of the life of the Higgs boson, the so-called God particle.

Picking up the place he left off in The Quantum Frontier, physicist Don Lincoln stocks an insider’s account of the LHC’s operational heritage and provides readers every thing they should develop into good educated in this surprise of expertise.

Writing in regards to the LHC’s early days, Lincoln deals prepared perception into an twist of fate that derailed the operation 9 days after the collider’s 2008 debut. A defective solder joint begun a series response that prompted an enormous explosion, broken 50 superconducting magnets, and vaporized huge sections of the conductor. The crippled LHC lay dormant for over a 12 months, whereas technical groups repaired the damage.

Lincoln devotes a complete bankruptcy to the Higgs boson and Higgs box, utilizing a number of prolonged analogies to aid clarify the significance of those techniques to particle physics. within the ultimate bankruptcy, he describes what the invention of the Higgs boson tells us approximately our present figuring out of easy physics and the way the invention now retains scientists conscious over a nagging inconsistency of their favourite theory.

As available because it is interesting, the massive Hadron Collider unearths the interior workings of this masterful success of know-how, in addition to the marvelous discoveries that may maintain it on the middle of the medical frontier for the foreseeable future.

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