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The Particle at the End of the Universe

Winner of the Royal Society Winton Prize

Sean Carroll

Winner of the Royal Society Winton Prize for Science Books

A Best Science Book of the Year for the Guardian, Financial Times, and New Scientist

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 – or occasional skulduggery. In the definitive account of the greatest science story of our time, acclaimed physicist 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.

  • Publication date: August 1, 2019
  • ISBN: 9781786076069
  • RRP: £11.99
  • Pages: 352
  • Publication date: November 15, 2012
  • ISBN: 9781780742328
  • RRP: £16.99
  • Pages: 352
  • Publication date: November 1, 2012
  • ISBN: 9781780742335
  • RRP: £4.99
  • Pages: 352


‘An authoritative account of science’s discovery of the year. Remarkable.’

Financial Times

‘This book is so hard to put down. That’s testament to Carroll, a practising scientist, also being a gifted writer.’

New Scientist



‘A very good – and very accessible – guide to all the theoretical physics, precision engineering, data handling, probability-measuring and other marvels.’


‘Delightful… for anyone excited by the particle at the end of the universe, start here.’

BBC Focus

‘Carroll keeps it real, getting at the complex guts of cutting-edge cosmology in discussions that will challenge fans of Hawking’s A Brief History of Time.’

Washington Post

‘The science is authoritative, yet bold and lively. The narrative is richly documented, yet full of human drama. Carroll’s saga pulls you aboard a modern voyage of discovery.’

Frank Wilczek, Nobel Laureate in Physics and author of A Beautiful Question

‘In this superb book, Sean Carroll provides a fascinating and lucid look at the most mysterious and important particle in nature, and the experiment that revealed it. Anyone with an interest in physics should read this, and join him in examining the new worlds of physics to which this discovery may lead.’

Leonard Mlodinow, internationally bestselling author of Subliminal and Elastic

Sean Carroll

Sean Carroll is Homewood Professor of natural philosophy at Johns Hopkins University. He won the Royal Society Winton Prize for his book on the search for the elusive Higgs boson, The Particle at the End of the Universe, and The Big Picture was an international bestseller. His most recent book is Something Deeply Hidden. He lives in Los Angeles. @seanmcarroll

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