AUTHORHalpern, Paul
TITLECollider: The Search for the World's Smallest Particles
PUBLISHERJohn Wiley & Sons Inc.
CITYHoboken, NJ

In this book, physicist and writer Paul Halpern tells the story of the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), the most powerful particle accelerator in the world, and in so doing also offers the general reader an introduction to particle physics. Early chapters give an overview of the history of subatomic particles, beginning with their initial discovery in the late 1800s; explain mathematical concepts related to particle physics discoveries; and mention the many projects, laboratories, and organizations devoted to furthering particle physics research in the 20th century. The bulk of the narrative details the planning and building stages of the LHC, which is located at the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) in Geneva, Switzerland. The author describes the technology the LHC employs and key scientists who played leading roles in its construction and use. He also briefly considers the major questions fueling particle physics research in the first decade of the 21st century: the possibility of black holes, unknown dimensions, and the continual search for new and better technology to increase the rate of particle accelerations.

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