Higgs Force by Nicholas Mee is the definitive account of the science leading up to the discovery of the Higgs particle and the researchers involved in this quest. This discovery, by what is arguably the world's biggest and most expensive experiment - the Large Hadron Collider - represents the most important scientific breakthrough for 50 years.
Higgs Force is a popular science book that is written in an accessible and engaging style with clear explanations for the general reader.
The book is filled with stories about the eccentric characters that litter the history of science.
These include a chemist who was addicted to the pleasures of laughing gas; the inventor of the kaleidoscope, whose business sense didn't match his scientific acumen; the weird looming apparition of the Brocken spectre - a ghostly giant who offered vital inspiration to a leading researcher; a physicist who compared his power to transmute the elements to the fabled alchemist Hermes Trismegistus and an astronomer who was captivated by the beauty of a falling snowflake.
More information about Higgs Force is available on the following website: www.higgsforce.co.uk.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 440 pages, 8 page colour section, 80 black & white illustrations
- Publisher: Virtual Image
- Publication Date: 31/07/2012
- Category: Particle & high-energy physics
- ISBN: 9780957274617
- Hardback from £14.05