Listing books by Leon Lederman
|Full title||The God Particle: If the Universe Is the Answer, What Is the Question? [permalink]|
|Authors||Leon Lederman (author) and Dick Teresi (co-author)|
|Categories||Physics and science|
|Original publication year||1993|
|ISBN||978-0-618-71168-0 [Amazon, B&N, Abe, Powell's]|
Details the history of physics from Thales in antiquity up to the present.
The title of the book refers to the Higgs boson, a particle now (at the time of writing, September 2009) being sought by the LHC (Large Hadron Collider) particle accelerator in Geneva. The book does a good job of explaining particle physics, and it's funny, too. The book is a little out-dated in that it refers to the now-cancelled SSC (Superconducting Super Collider) accelerator. There are some very entertaining passages in the book where Leon talks physics with an imaginary Democritus (Democritus of Abdera was the first Greek to suggest that the world was made of atoms), which I immensely enjoyed.
I heartily recommend this book if you want to learn a little bit of particle physics.