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Particle Physics: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions)

Particle Physics: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions)

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Publication Date: February 23rd, 2024
Oxford University Press, USA
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Very Short Introductions: Brilliant, Sharp, Inspiring

Following the discovery of the Higgs boson, Frank Close has produced this major revision to his classic and compelling introduction to the fundamental particles that make up the universe. Frank Close takes us on a journey into the atom to examine known particles such as quarks, electrons, and the ghostly neutrino, and explains the key role and significance of the Higgs boson. Along the way he provides fascinating insights into how discoveries in particle physics have actually been made, and discusses how our picture of the world has been radically revised in the light of these developments. He concludes by looking ahead to new ideas about the mystery of antimatter and massive neutrinos, and to what the next 50 years of research might reveal about the nature of the Higgs field which moulds the fundamental particles and forces.

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About the Author

Frank Close, Professor Emeritus of Physics, Oxford University Frank Close OBE FRS is Professor Emeritus of Physics at Oxford University and a Fellow Emeritus of Exeter College. He was formerly the Head of the Theoretical Physics Division at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, and Head of Communications and Public Education at CERN. He is the author of several books, including the best-selling Lucifer's Legacy (OUP, 2000), and was the winner of the Kelvin Medal of the Institute of Physics for his 'outstanding contributions to the public understanding of physics'. His other books include The Cosmic Onion (1983), The Particle Explosion (1987), End (1988), Too Hot to Handle (1991), and The Infinity Puzzle (OUP, 2012). In 2013 Professor Close was awarded the Royal Society Michael Faraday Prize for communicating science.