A great general interest primer with a surprising and welcome feminist focus Most highly recommended Times Higher Education I am giving this book four stars for its interesting insider content and particularly its insight into the way that the LHC is used that I have never seen elsewhere it s a book that s well worth reading if you have interest in this most fundamental of physical explorations Brian Clegg, Popular Science Pauline Gagnon tells the wonderful scientific adventure of CERN that led to confirming the existence of the Higgs boson and that should bring a revolution in physics in elucidating big enigmas in the coming years such as the mystery of dark matter or the disappearance of antimatter Pauline Gravel, science writer, Le Devoir newspaper, Montreal Pauline Gagnon s book is a wonderfully detailed and comprehensive look at how scientists have pieced together our best understanding of the natural world, from accelerators to cosmology If you want to know how particle physicists really work and think, this is a great place to start Sean Carroll, author of The Particle at the End of the Universe I am fascinated You should read it too everybody can read it and understand it Madame Gagnon has a knack for finding very efficient images to make us understand extremely complex phenomena Catherine Perrin, host of Mdium Large on Radio Canada Pauline Gagnon is an inside woman of the particle physics world and this excellent book shows just that The comprehensive account of where particle physics stands today is peppered by colourful metaphors that make even the most complex concepts accessible to everyone On top of that, Gagnon gives the reader a glimpse into the inner workings of CERN and thoroughly describes how its huge international collaborations actually make new discoveries This is a book that admirably delivers on the promise of taking the general reader seriously and a timely must read if you want to get up to speed with Runof the Large Hadron Collider Leonie Mueck, Senior Editor, Nature During the two year search for Higgs in the LHC, Dr Gagnon s lively and insightful blog was a key source for those outside the physics community who needed to keep track of the process and have it explained in layperson terms Her excellent book will now be essential reading for those seeking to understand why the discovery was important, and what might come next from the LHC Robert Evans, former Reuter correspondent in GenevaCERN, the European Laboratory for particle physics, regularly makes the news What kind of research happens at this international laboratory and how does it impact people s daily lives Why is the discovery of the Higgs boson so important Particle physics describes all matter found on Earth, in stars and all galaxies but it also tries to go beyond what is known to describe dark matter, a form of matter five timesprevalent than the known, regular matter How dowe know this mysterious dark matter exists and is there a chance it will be discovered soon About sixty countries contributed to the construction of the gigantic Large Hadron Collider LHC at CERN and its immense detectors Dive in to discover how international teams of researchers work togetherto push scientific knowledge forwardHere is a book written for every person who wishes to learn a littleabout particle physics, without requiring prior scientific knowledge It starts from the basics to build a solid understanding of current research in particle physics A good dose of curiosity is all one will need to discover a whole world that spans from the infinitesimally small and stretches to the infinitely large, and where imminent discoveries could mark the dawn of a huge revolution in the current conception of thematerial world