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First popular science book to introduce and explain what the Large Hadron Collider is, how it works, and what it hopes to discover
Discusses the possible risks and dangers associated with the LHC
Explains without detailed mathematics how the properties of matter and observational cosmology indicate that particles beyond the standard model must exist
The Large Hadron Collider (LHC) is the largest engineering project ever undertaken, and one of the most expensive. Why are physicists around the world so excited about it? What secrets of the universe does this gargantuan piece of machinery hope to reveal? What risks are there in operating it? Could the exotic particles that are produced in the collisions—including tiny black holes that should wink into and out of existence— between subatomic particles be a threat not only to humankind but to the planet itself?
In this thorough and engaging review of cutting-edge physics and cosmology, you will learn why the collider was built and how it works. You will find out what scientists are hoping to find out and what current aspects of the Standard Model might need to be revised. You will even learn about the quest to identify so-called dark matter and dark energy, which many now feel make up most of what's out there.
This is a wild ride into some very unfamiliar and strange territory, but it is well worth your time to explore, as the Large Hadron Collider is set to change some very fundamental ideas of our universe, from the smallest pieces that make it up to the grandest.
Content Level »Popular/general
Keywords »CERN - CERN history and experiments - Dark matter and dark energy - Hadron - History of particle physics - Large Hadron Collider - Observational cosmology - Origins of the Universe - Particle physics - Popular Science - Search for Higgs particle - Standard model