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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (184 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Sean Carroll Narrator: Jonathan Hogan Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Scientists have just announced a historic discovery on a par with the splitting of the atom: the Higgs boson, the key to understanding why mass exists. In The Particle at the End of the Universe, Caltech physicist and acclaimed writer Sean Carroll takes readers behind the scenes of the Large Hadron Collider at CERN to meet the scientists and explain this landmark event.

The Particle at the End of the Universe not only explains the importance of the Higgs boson but also the Large Hadron Collider project itself. Projects this big don’t happen without a certain amount of conniving, dealing, and occasional skullduggery—and Sean Carroll explores it all. This is an irresistible story (including characters now set to win the Nobel Prize, among other glories) about the greatest scientific achievement of our time.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “The science is authoritative, yet bold and lively. The narrative is richly documented, yet full of human drama.  Carroll’s saga pulls you aboard a modern voyage of discovery.”

    Frank Wilczek, Nobel Laureate, author of The Lightness of Being

  • “An enticing cocktail of personal anecdote, clever analogy, and a small dose of mind-bending theory.”

    Morgan Freeman

  • “In this superb book, Sean Carroll provides a fascinating and lucid look at the most mysterious and important particle in nature, and the experiment that revealed it.  Anyone with an interest in physics should read this, and join him in examining the new worlds of physics to which this discovery may lead.”

    Leonard Mlodinow, New York Times bestselling author

  • “Carroll is a sure-footed guide through some of the most perplexing and fascinating insights of modern physics.”

    Brian Greene, New York Times bestselling author

  • “Carroll keeps it real, getting at the complex guts of cutting-edge cosmology in discussions that will challenge fans of Hawking’s A Brief History of Time.”

    Washington Post

  • “[Carroll] reconstructs the global hunt for the particle that gives all others their mass, stopping to explain basic physics along the way.”

    Scientific American

  • “[Carroll’s] writing is accessible and peppered with cultural refernces...[he] isn’t afraid to wade into topics that have befuddled even brand-name physicists.”


  • “Whether explaining complex physics like field theory and symmetry or the workings of particle accelerators, Carroll’s clarity and unbridled enthusiasm reveal the pure excitement of discovery as much as they illuminate the facts.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “A fascinating chronicle of an important chapter in fundamental science.”

    Kirkus Reviews

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Dom Mcintyre | 2/19/2014

    " Fairly accessible pop science book about the Higgs boson, why theoreticians believe there must be such a thing, how the LHC experiments can reveal it, and quite a lot about the Standard Model of particle physics, along with a history of accelerators and the politics of getting the LHC built in the first place. I enjoyed this a lot, but there are a few bits I still haven't made sense of, in particular the bit in the appendices which explains why certain particles couldn't have mass without the Higgs in a way that makes me unable to understand how they can have mass even with the Higgs. The trouble with a book like this is that there are things you can't explain without mathematics, and analogies sometimes stretch past the breaking point; nevertheless, what I'd take from the section in question is that some particles can't actually exist! Might have to have another read of that bit. For context, I studied Natural Sciences at Cambridge in the '80s, focusing on Physics in my final year, but not taking any of the particle physics options. I'd like to hope that it's not just me being a bit slower on the uptake these days! I have heard that Carroll wrote this book very quickly when the discovery was announced, and perhaps that's where the rough edges come from. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Jason Whitehouse | 2/14/2014

    " This is great for us folks that are not physicist but still are interested in physics and space. The language is down to earth and you really get a grasp on what CERN is doing and all the possibilities of the discoveries! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by H. Peter Alesso | 2/12/2014

    " One of my all time favorites physics books. A beautiful compilation of discovery and explanation. From the Big Bang to the Standard Model interpreted with the new addition of the Higgs Field, this will become a classic in science. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by John | 1/24/2014

    " I thought this was an entertaining and accessible (at least for me, as a chemist) text on the current state of elementary particle/field physics, as relates to the search and discovery of the (a) Higgs boson. I might have rated it higher but I was annoyed by the author's overuse of precise/precisely/precision, especially when the context indicated that he really meant accurate/accurately/accuracy. Just one of my pet peeves, I guess. Overall though, well done. "

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