By Leon M. Lederman
Two major physicists talk about the significance of the Higgs Boson, the way forward for particle physics, and the mysteries of the universe but to be unraveled.
On July four, 2012, the long-sought Higgs Boson--aka "the God Particle"--was came across on the world's biggest particle accelerator, the LHC, in Geneva, Switzerland. On March 14, 2013, physicists at CERN proven it. This elusive subatomic particle kinds a box that permeates the full universe, growing the loads of the easy debris which are the elemental development blocks of every little thing within the recognized world--from viruses to elephants, from atoms to quasars.
beginning the place Nobel Laureate Leon Lederman's bestseller The God Particle left off, this incisive new booklet explains what is subsequent. Lederman and Hill talk about key questions that might occupy physicists for years to come:
* Why have been scientists confident that whatever just like the "God Particle" needed to exist?
* What new debris, forces, and legislation of physics lie past the "God Particle"?
* What strong new accelerators are actually wanted for the U.S. to recapture a management function in technology and to arrive "beyond the God Particle," resembling Fermilab's deliberate Project-X and the Muon Collider?
utilizing considerate, witty, daily language, the authors exhibit how all of those exciting questions are top scientists ever deeper into the cloth of nature. Readers of The God Particle will now not are looking to leave out this crucial sequel.
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He skips through the copses singing, And his shadow dances along, And I know not which I should follow, Shadow or song! O Hunter, snare me his shadow! O Nightingale, catch me his strain! Else moonstruck with music and madness I track him in vain! —Oscar Wilde, “In the Forest” There is a serene valley stretching about Lac Léman, from the spectacular French Alps, with Mont Blanc looming in the distance to the east, and the ancient round-top Jura Mountains to the west. This is the countryside of France surrounding Geneva, Switzerland, one of the most beautiful regions in all of Europe.
Such a laboratory would stimulate European scientific research but would also permit sharing the increasing cost burdens of the large-scale facilities required for nuclear and particle physics. French physicist Louis de Broglie (one of the founding fathers of the quantum theory) put the first official proposal for the creation of a European laboratory forward at the European Cultural Conference in Lausanne in December 1949. A further push came at the fifth UNESCO General Conference, held in Florence in June 1950, where the American Nobel laureate physicist, Isidor Rabi, tabled a resolution authorizing UNESCO to “assist and encourage the formation of regional research laboratories in order to increase international scientific collaboration…” In 1952, 11 countries signed an agreement establishing a provisional Council—the acronym “CERN” was born and Geneva was chosen as the site of the future Laboratory.
The optimism of a LEP discovery had sprung from certain popular theories that had argued the Higgs mass was actually less than that of the Z0 boson. To achieve the required energies to make a Z0 boson with the precision afforded by using electrons and positrons (see chapters 7 and 8), LEP had to be an enormous circular ring, housed underground in a deep tunnel. CERN therefore built a 27-kilometer (almost 17 miles) circumference circular tunnel, the construction of which ultimately proved decisive for a pathway to the LHC.