Massive by Ian Sample
The Missing Particle That Sparked the Greatest Hunt in Science

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The biggest science story of our time, Massive spans four decades, weaving together the personal narratives and international rivalries behind the search for the “God" particle, or Higgs boson. A story of grand ambition, intense competition, clashing egos, and occasionally spectacular failures, Massive is the first book that reveals the science, culture, and politics behind the biggest unanswered question in modern physics—what gives things mass?

Drawing upon his unprecedented access to Peter Higgs, after whom the particle is named, award-winning science writer Ian Sample chronicles the multinational and multibillion-dollar quest to solve the mystery of mass. For scientists, to find the God particle is to finally understand the origin of mass, and until now, the story of their search has never been told.

 

About Ian Sample

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Ian Sample is a science correspondent at The Guardian, and before that at New Scientist. He holds a PhD in biomedical science and was named investigative journalist of the year in 2005 by the Association of British Science Writers. He lives in London.
 
Published April 3, 2012 by Basic Books. 286 pages
Genres: History, Travel, Science & Math, Professional & Technical. Non-fiction

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Although now an accepted concept, the theory also predicts a massive Higgs particle, an essential element and the only particle in the standard model of our universe still undiscovered.

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Publishers Weekly

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What gives objects mass? Guardian science correspondent Sample explains the current theory behind this tantalizing question, a theory based on a mysterious, fundamental particle called the Higgs boson

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The Guardian

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Particle physicists sometimes find their subject difficult to sell to politicians because the huge particle accelerators needed for fundamental research are extremely expensive compared with other scientific apparatus, and don't deliver immediate economic benefits.

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The Guardian

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The Higgs boson, the so-called "God Particle" of the subtitle in my edition of the book, would be a wiggle or wave in this field, like a sound wave in air, that betrays its existence.

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New York Journal of Books

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This Higgs field becomes crucial to defining the structure of the universe, and the Higgs Boson is s the part of the field left over after it has given mass to particles.

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The new science of "neutrino astronomy"—that is, observing the universe via neutrinos rather than light—promises to reveal much about the origin of the universe by opening a new window onto some of its primordial features.

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New York Journal of Books

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The Z boson may have provided handedness for the particles of life, and so the Higgs boson was also called “The God particle”!The purpose of any particle collider is to slam particles together at sufficient speed such that the energy released by the collision yields information about what was ins...

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Dallas News

What is the origin of the masses of the various particles that make up the so-called Standard Model of particle physics?

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Science News

Newspapers and TV stations have barraged Higgs with phone calls in recent years as particle accelerators get closer to finding the particle, but the retired professor ignores the ringing unless he’s expecting a call.

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