The Particle at the End of the Universe by Sean Carroll
How the Hunt for the Higgs Boson Leads Us to the Edge of a New World

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14 Critic Reviews

With wit and honesty Carroll conveys why the fundamental questions of science matter so much to human culture...
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Winner of the prestigious 2013 Royal Society Winton Prize for Science Books

“A modern voyage of discovery.” —Frank Wilczek, Nobel Laureate, author of The Lightness of Being

The Higgs boson is one of our era’s most fascinating scientific frontiers and the key to understanding why mass exists. The most recent book on the subject, The God Particle, was a bestseller. Now, Caltech physicist Sean Carroll documents the doorway that is opening—after billions of dollars and the efforts of thousands of researchers at the Large Hadron Collider in Switzerland—into the mind-boggling world of dark matter. The Particle at the End of the Universe has it all: money and politics, jealousy and self-sacrifice, history and cutting-edge physics—all grippingly told by a rising star of science writing.
 

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SEAN CARROLL, PhD, is a theoretical physicist at the California Institute of Technology. After receiving his doctorate at Harvard, he pursued his research at MIT, the Institute for Theoretical Physics in Santa Barbara, and the University of Chicago. Also the author of From Eternity to Here, he lives in Los Angeles.
 
Published November 13, 2012 by Dutton. 353 pages
Genres: Science & Math, Other, Professional & Technical. Non-fiction
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Kirkus

Excellent
Reviewed by Kirkus Reviews on Oct 01 2012

A fascinating chronicle of an important chapter in fundamental science.

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Guardian

Below average
Reviewed by Robin McKie on Nov 20 2013

...a book that is sadly disfigured by the over-weaning ambition, of an otherwise talented author, to write the definitive account of the laws of nature for the layman. The resulting confusion suggests such an account is simply not feasible. Nature will not be so easily defined, it seems.

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Publishers Weekly

Excellent
Reviewed by Publishers Weekly on Sep 24 2012

Carroll’s clarity and unbridled enthusiasm reveal the pure excitement of discovery as much as they illuminate the facts.

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NPR

Excellent
Reviewed by Adam Frank on Nov 27 2012

With wit and honesty Carroll conveys why the fundamental questions of science matter so much to human culture...

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NPR

Good
Reviewed by Adam Frank on Nov 22 2012

The book succeeds by combining lucid descriptions of the triumphant physics behind the Higgs with a very human story of the search itself.

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LA Times

Excellent
Reviewed by David L. Ulin on Nov 30 2012

Caltech physicist Sean Carroll makes the search for the Higgs boson a scientific detective story.

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The Independent

Below average
Reviewed by Manjit Kumar on Dec 01 2012

In a rare omission, Carroll fails to mention the first circular accelerator . . . not always easy reading.

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Seattle PI

Excellent
Reviewed by Joseph S. Maresca on Nov 23 2012

Particle at the End of the Universe is an important scientific work

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Science News

Excellent
Reviewed by Alexandra Witze on Dec 15 2012

This is surely the only book about the Higgs boson that also references the hip-hop duo Insane Clown Posse.

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Times Higher Education

Below average
Reviewed by Frank Close on Nov 15 2012

If you are a historian or a member of the Nobel prize committee, tread carefully.

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Scientific American

Above average
Reviewed by Anna Kuchment on Oct 16 2012

For those wishing to understand the nitty-gritty of how physicists at CERN's Large Hadron Collider found the new entity-that-may-be-the-Higgs-boson, here is a timely account from physicist and author Carroll.

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New Scientist

Excellent
Reviewed by Michael Brooks on Nov 02 2012

The Particle at the End of the Universe provides a masterful coda to all the Higgsteria of the past few months.

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DC Spotlight Newspaper

Excellent
Reviewed by Miriam Laufer on Jan 06 2013

This is a book not for those with technical expertise, but for those interested in the awesome.

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About.com

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Reviewed by Andrew Zimmerman Jones on Nov 01 2012

It might pose some challenges to readers who aren't familiar with at least the vaguest outlines of particle physics already.

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