International scientists at the CERN physics research center near Geneva claim to have found signs of Higgs Boson, an elementary sub-atomic particle believed to have played a vital role in the creation of the universe after the Big Bang. Two independent experiments at the Large Hadron Collider in Geneva have turned up signs of the so-called “God particle.” Why the name? Well, under what is known as the Standard Model of Physics, the Boson is believed to be the component that gives mass and energy to matter in our everyday lives.
The Large Hadron Collider, by the way, is a vast underground particle accelerator that costs US $215,000 an hour to run. It is designed to recreate the conditions of the Big Bang to allow particles such as the Higgs Boson to be found and studied. The experiments have not yet turned up enough data to confirm the Higgs Boson’s existence. But if the claim is true, scientists say the finding of this elusive particle will be one of the top scientific achievements of the past 50 years.
Join the hunt for the GOD particle. With all the action packed information unfolding, we decided to provide you a list of books in the Seattle Public Library catalog that can provide you background information. Rarely do we get the opportunity to promote some of our older book selections. Don’t fret that some of these readings are dated back to the 80s. Scientists have speculated and searched for this jewel for a long time.
The God Particle: If the Universe Is the Answer, What Is the Question? by Leon M. Lederman
Particle Physics: The Quest for the Substance of Substance by L. B. Okunʹ
Elementary Particles and the Laws of Physics: The 1986 Dirac Memorial Lectures by Richard P. Feynman
The Quark Machines: How Europe Fought the Particle Physics War by Gordon Fraser
The Wizard of Quarks: A Fantasy of Particle Physics by Robert Gilmore
The Fallacy of Fine-tuning: Why the Universe Is Not Designed for Us by Victor J. Stenger
Physics Demystified by Stan Gibilisco
Physics on the Fringe: Smoke Rings, Circlons, and Alternative Theories of Everything by Margaret Wertheim
A Zeptospace Odyssey: A Journey into the Physics of the LHC by Gian Francesco Giudice
Collider: The Search for the World’s Smallest Particles by Paul Halpern
The Quantum Frontier: The Large Hadron Collider by Don Lincoln