The Particle at the End of the Universe

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Pages: 352
Subject: Psychology, Popular Science
Imprint: Oneworld

The Particle at the End of the Universe

The Hunt for the Higgs and the Discovery of a New World

Sean Carroll

The definitive, behind-the-scenes account of the landmark discovery of the Higgs boson at CERN’s Large Hadron Collider, from acclaimed physicist Sean Carroll
9781780742458 (2 May 2013)
RRP £9.99

The Book

Winner of the 2013 Royal Society Winton Prize for Science Books

It was the universe’s most elusive particle, the linchpin for everything scientists dreamed up to explain how physics works. It had to be found. But projects as big as CERN’s Large Hadron Collider don’t happen without incredible risks – and occasional skullduggery. In the definitive account of this landmark event, Caltech physicist and acclaimed science writer Sean Carroll reveals the insights, rivalry, and wonder that fuelled the Higgs discovery, and takes us on a riveting and irresistible ride to the very edge of physics today.

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Subject Psychology, Popular Science
Pages 352
Imprint Oneworld


About the Author

Sean Carroll is the author of the critically acclaimed From Eternity to Here and a theoretical physicist at the California Institute of Technology. After receiving his PhD from Harvard, he pursued his research at MIT, the Institute for Theoretical Physics in Santa Barbara, and the University of Chicago, and his papers on dark matter, dark energy, the physics of extra dimensions, and alternative theories of gravity have been widely praised and published in peer-reviewed journals, including Nature. He is also a co-founder of Cosmic Variance (, named one of the top five science blogs by Nature, and a TV presenter.


"[Carroll's] writing is accessible and peppered with cultural refernces... but don't be fooled Carroll isn't afraid to wade into topics that have befuddled even brand-name physicists."-"Wired"

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