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Higgs Discovery: The Power Of Empty Space (2012)

by Lisa Randall(Favorite Author)
3.41 of 5 Votes: 4
review 1: If you have a physics background, this can be a fun and enlightening reading about the Higgs mechanism. Keep in mind it is not a book for a layperson. It helps a lot if you are majoring in physics or chemistry, or if you are a physicist or chemist. 16% through the book you find this passage: "the bump [in the number of events] isn't just a line". I know what she is talking about, but other people will be left kind of clueless. I found several other similar statements which require background in physics.One criticism: it looks like the book was put together without much revision. They joined chapters of different books and included an updated introduction by the author. Expect considerable repetition throughout the text and different formatting in the different chapters.ps.... more I am an astrophysicist by the way.
review 2: Very interesting even if a bit over my head - I realized that I'm more interested in molecular biology and genetics than particle physics but the Higgs discovery is such a vital part of current scientific discovery and thought that I wanted to know more. This straightforward and concisely written Kindle Single provided a nice overview of the Higgs theory that the layperson could enjoy.Recommended for anyone interested in the recent work at CERN with the Large Hadron Collider. less
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This book was not very good.. I was expecting more from the author--very disappointing.
It was a gentle cursory review of the anticipation of the Higgs' 'capture'.
Very readable discussion of the discovery of the Higgs Mechanism.
OHT :)
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