Understanding This Year’s Nobel Prize in Physics: Higgs Discovery – Lisa Randall

Peter Higgs and Francois Englert have been jointly awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics “for the theoretical discovery of a mechanism that contributes to our understanding of the origin of mass of subatomic particles, and which recently was confirmed through the discovery of the predicted fundamental particle, by the ATLAS and CMS experiments at CERN’s Large Hadron Collider.”

Uh, right.

If you’d like to understand why this is one of the most remarkable scientific achievements of the twenty-first century check out Lisa Randall’s brief, eloquent paperback, Higgs Discovery: The Power of Empty Space. Randall is herself a theoretical physicist. She’s also a bestselling author thanks to her lucid, witty writing.

Serious stuff, delivered with a light touch. Randall goes beyond the poetic one-liners and beyond what any single news article could deliver in terms of explaining the significance of the [Higgs] discovery, how it was made, and what might come next.”
The Guardian

Higgs Discovery: The Power of Empty Space (9780062300478) by Lisa Randall. $9.99 trade paperback. 9/24/13 on sale.

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