The Large Hadron Collider

Unraveling the Mysteries of the Universe

Authors: Beech, Martin

    • 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

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About this book

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.

About the authors

Dr. Martin Beech is a full professor of astronomy at Campion College at The University of Regina in Saskatchewan, Canada. He has published many scientific research papers on stellar structure and evolution and several books on astronomy. Asteroid 12343 has been named in recognition of his research on meteors and meteorites. This is Beech’s third book for Springer. He has already published Rejuvenating the Sun and Avoiding Other Global Catastrophes (2008) and Terraforming: The Creating of Habitable Worlds (2009).

Reviews

From the reviews:

“Beech (Univ. of Regina, Canada) has written this work for general readers who are interested in the construction and purpose of the Large Hadron Collider (LHC). … it provides a very good description of the physics that the LHC hopes to explore. One can consider the work an examination of modern particle physics and cosmology that uses the LHC as a unifier. … Summing Up: Recommended. General readers and lower-division undergraduates.” (E. Kincanon, Choice, Vol. 48 (5), January, 2011)

Table of contents (7 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Large Hadron Collider
Book Subtitle
Unraveling the Mysteries of the Universe
Authors
Copyright
2010
Publisher
Springer-Verlag New York
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media, LLC
eBook ISBN
978-1-4419-5668-2
DOI
10.1007/978-1-4419-5668-2
Softcover ISBN
978-1-4419-5667-5
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIII, 218
Number of Illustrations and Tables
129 b/w illustrations, 28 illustrations in colour
Topics