A thorough and readable explanation of the lengthy hunt for the Higgs boson and why its discovery last year is so important New Scientist Higgs helps put Higgs contribution in context It s a book I imagine the reticent Higgs would approve of Jessica Griggs, New Scientist a tendency towards brevity and clarity make for a handy guide to the long hunt for an elusive quarry Nature Higgs is an impressive volume, clarifying details, making the concepts that have been in dispute for years finally lucid Higgs drills deep under your skin, constantly ferreting out new vistas, easily escaping our eyes Baggott brings these andtogether to form a solid concept of the God Particle effort read it San Francisco Book ReviewThe hunt for the Higgs particle has involved the biggest, most expensive experiment ever So exactly what is this particle Why does it matter so much What does it tell us about the Universe Did the discovery announced onJulyfinish the search And was finding it really worth all the effort The short answer is yes The Higgs field is proposed as the way in which particles gain mass a fundamental property of matter It s the strongest indicator yet that the Standard Model of physics really does reflect the basic building blocks of our Universe Little wonder the hunt and discovery of this new particle produced such intense media interest Here, Jim Baggott explains the science behind the discovery, looking at how the concept of a Higgs field was invented, how the vast experiment was carried out, and its implications on our understanding of all mass in the Universe