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“These are exciting times for particle physics. With their customary charm and wit, Lederman and Hill take us on a fascinating tour of where we’ve been and where we’re going and, along the way, give the best description of the Higgs boson I’ve ever seen. A great read.”
 —James Trefil, Clarence J. Robinson Professor of Physics, George Mason University, coauthor of Dictionary of Cultural Literacy

Praise for the books of Lederman and Hill:
“A tour de force of physics made simple….”
Times Literary Supplement
“Few books about modern physics are as fascinating, far-ranging, and readable as this.”
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Two leading physicists discuss the importance of the Higgs Boson, the future of particle physics, and the mysteries of the universe yet to be unraveled.

On July 4, 2012, the long-sought Higgs Boson--aka "the God Particle"--was discovered at the world's largest particle accelerator, the LHC, in Geneva, Switzerland. On March 14, 2013, physicists at CERN confirmed it. This elusive subatomic particle forms a field that permeates the entire universe, creating the masses of the elementary particles that are the basic building blocks of everything in the known world--from viruses to elephants, from atoms to quasars.
Starting where Nobel Laureate Leon Lederman's bestseller The God Particle left off, this incisive new book explains what's next. Lederman and Hill discuss key questions that will occupy physicists for years to come: 

     * Why were scientists convinced that something like the "God Particle" had to exist? 
     * What new particles, forces, and laws of physics lie beyond the "God Particle"? 
     * What powerful new accelerators are now needed for the US to recapture a leadership role in science and to reach "beyond the God Particle," such as Fermilab's planned Project-X and the Muon Collider? 

     Using thoughtful, witty, everyday language, the authors show how all of these intriguing questions are leading scientists ever deeper into the fabric of nature. Readers of The God Particle will not want to miss this important sequel.

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18 internautes sur 19 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
Par Robert Steven Thomas - Publié sur
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Lederman is one of America's foremost particle physicists. This is the second book by the author I have read. While the recent alleged discovery of the Higg's Boson at the world's largest particle accelerator in Switzerland is a subject that still remains highly controversial to many, this book will help to shed more light on the interpretation of the evidence. Be advised that the information in this book, while very interesting, will not be easy to follow without some familiarity of the subject by the reader.
21 internautes sur 27 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
A letdown after the first book. 3 novembre 2013
Par K. Ricklin - Publié sur
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This book was a letdown after reading the first "god particle" book by Leon Lederman (which was fantastic by the way). It's far, far less funny. The organization of chapters doesn't seem to follow any logic. One chapter you're learning about particle physics, the next you're back into the history of the microscope.

Worst of all, the first book was followable; you could read it and understand all of the particles being described, how they were discovered, the logic behind why the experimenters did what they did. This book is a big jumble of explanation: just statements without leading the reader to understand them.
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Learning about the Higgs Boson and what lies...beyond 9 janvier 2014
Par Stephen Pletko - Publié sur
Format: Relié

"We have told you [in this book] the story of the Higgs boson [the "God particle"]. We have tried to give you an idea about why it exists, based upon what we've learned about the nature of mass in the [twentieth] century. We've seen how the understanding of the basic concept of "mass," known only as the "quantity of matter" since the ancients, became more profound in the late twentieth century at the deepest level of the basic building blocks of nature, the elementary particles...

Throughout the...chapters [of this book] it is our goal to explain in clear and simple terms...why we need the Higgs boson and to give some inkling as to what may lie beyond."

The above comes from the introduction and last chapter of this informative and up-to-date book by Leon Lederman and Christopher Hill. Lederman won a shared Nobel Prize in Physics (1988) for research on neutrinos (a weakly interacting elementary subatomic particle). He is the author of several science books. Lederman is formerly the Resident Scholar at the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy and Professor of Science at the Illinois Institute of Technology. He is director emeritus of the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory or Fermilab. Hill is a noted theoretical physicist and former head of the Theory Department at Fermilab.

This book provides the best description of the Higgs boson I've ever read. In fact, I found all the particle physics in this book well-explained.

After an introductory chapter, the next two chapters are designed to explain particle physics (which is the exploration of the smallest things in the world). This leads to the "story of the Higgs Boson" (next three chapters). The last chapter is entitled "Beyond the Higgs Boson."

Two of the middle later chapters are devoted to Particle Accelerators.

Three of the chapters are what I call stand-alone chapters. These chapters are entitled "Rare Processes." "Neutrinos," and "Project X" respectively. The Rare Processes chapter includes the best description of antimatter that I have ever read. Project X of Fermilab is a high-intensity proton accelerator, sometimes called a "proton-driver."

Good, large diagrams permeate this book. These aided me considerably in my understanding of concepts.

Finally, I think a good glossary would have aided me in reading this book. True, all scientific terms are defined in the main narrative but if I forgot the definition of a certain term, I found myself going frantically back to earlier sections in order to find a definition.

In conclusion, this is a fascinating and readable book. If you want to learn about the Higgs boson and what lies beyond it, this is the book to read!!

(first published 2013; acknowledgements; 12 chapters; main narrative 250 pages; appendix; notes; index)

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A very readable explication of the Higgs particle 9 mars 2014
Par Barney Collier - Publié sur
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I purchased this book because a reviewer in a journal I respect said that Lederman makes a valiant attempt to explain the significance of the Higgs boson without mathematics. I was not disappointed, and indeed, his discussion of the physics involved is worth the price of admission. It is much more complete than any other popular account I have read. (However, I did not find the arguments about the quantum view of mass quite convincing -- they do not accommodate the General Relativistic view of mass.) The reason I only gave the book four stars is simply that once the project of explaining the Higgs field and the Higgs boson is complete (Chapter 6), the remainder of the book is rather anticlimactic. It is probably more suitable for inclusion in a magazine such as Scientific American.
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What is the "Stuff" of the Universe? Leon Lederman May Know the Answer 9 septembre 2014
Par Roger D. Launius - Publié sur
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It was hard to miss the story about finding the so-called “God Particle” when it broke on July 4, 2012. On that date scientists at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) near Geneva, Switzerland, announced that they had found the long sought after Higgs boson. Less than a year later, on March 14, 2013, physicists at the European Organization for Nuclear Research, known as CERN, confirmed this discovery.

Presumably the Higgs boson subatomic particle is ubiquitous in the universe, forming a field that connects everything to everything. Hence the name that has been given to the Higgs boson, the “God Particle.” It is the central element of all the elementary particles that provide the building blocks of the universe regardless of type or substance or longevity. So what does all of this mean? That, of course, is the subject of this book.

In an earlier book titled "The God Particle: If the Universe Is the Answer, What Is the Question?" (1993) Nobel Laureate Leon Lederman with Dick Teresi discussed the search for this connecting particle or particles, exploring the theoretical reasoning and experimentation that had been completed by 1993 to understand this baffling scientific problem. Also, in this book Lederman unapologetically labeled the Higgs boson the “God Particle” solely for marketing purposes. Twenty years later, Lederman, this time with coauthor Christopher Hill, note that the quest for the Higgs boson was half the fun, but the recent findings at LHC and CERN opens as many questions as they answer.

This new book, "Beyond the God Particle," emphasizes what we now know about the physics of the Higgs field, explaining at length what particle physicists are presently doing, how they are accomplishing it, and why this effort is necessary for the future. The authors do a fine job of narrating LHC’s and CERN’s efforts to discover the Higgs boson, the importance of the boson in the cosmos, and offer a path forward for particle physics. This is not easy reading, however, Lederman and Hill do not hold back in terms of theoretical formulation, mathematical equations, and obtuse explanations. The authors wax eloquent about such little-known constructs as “the lowly muon,” explained as an elementary particle that presuggested that the Higgs boson must exist.

They then explain how mass—explained as the amount of matter and not its weight—arose as the Higgs boson created a field to fill up the vacuum of the universe with a constant but exceptionally weak charge. Theorized for several years, these ideas drove the construction of the Large Hadron Collider and the use of this instrument—the most powerful and most expensive particle accelerator ever built—immediately paid off with the discovery of the Higgs boson.

Lederman and Hill go on to highlight several new questions, the answers to which they are convinced will revolutionize physics in the twenty-first century. These questions include: Why were scientists convinced that something like the “God Particle” had to exist? Why is so much of the matter in the cosmos “dark” and invisible to us? How will the discovery of the Higgs boson affect current models of reality like string theory and supersymmetry? These intriguing questions, and others like them, will fuel scientific research for years to come.

I was especially intrigued to a pet project of both Lederman and Hill. The Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory (Fermilab), located just outside Batavia, Illinois, has proposed a new instrument, called Project X, that would enable the study of rare decays, neutrino physics, potential muon storage rings, and the possibility of new sorts of fission reaction. This is a fascinating development, and the authors are unabashed in their support for this project not only for its scientific potential but also because of the need for the United States to recover from the knowledge losses suffered by the cancellation of the Super-colliding Super Collider and the European efforts at CERN and LHC. Lederman and Hill believe that the decisions on this effort will be made not later than 2017 and indeed must be taken by then or the U.S. will fall so far behind in physics that it may not be able to recover in the first half of this century.

While "Beyond the God Particle" is a chatty book, replete with anecdotes and reasonably understandable explanations, its merger of theoretical physics with the story of the Higgs boson discovery is less than seamless and sometimes awkward. Moreover, the authors’ discussion of American politics is less than evocative. They bash the nation’s political leadership for failure to pursue physics with the passion they believe exists in Europe. They lambast what they think of as the less than scientifically-literate public. They bemoan a political landscape that fails to appreciate the pursuit of science, which they contend is not just about the quest for knowledge but also is critical to the quest for new marketable technologies. Those discussions are both overly simplistic and fail to appreciate the rigors of formulation of science policy in the United States. Lederman and Hill write off this situation as so much political myopia, a sophomoric analysis if ever there was one.

Regardless, Beyond the God Particle is a quite useful, engaging, and potentially important discussion. It brings to the center of the current scientific enterprise the nature of the Higgs boson and its place in directing future efforts in physics.
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