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The God Particle: If the Universe Is the Answer, What Is the Question?

The God Particle: If the Universe Is the Answer, What Is the Question? [Kindle Edition]

Leon Lederman , Dick Teresi
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Nobel Laureate and physicist Lederman is funny, clever, entertaining, and highly accessible as he charts the course of experimental physics from 430 B.C. to the planned opening of the Superconducting Supercollider (SSC), of which he is one of the principal architects. This book might be seen, in fact, as a sort of advertisement for the SSC, answering as it does the question, What is the SSC for ? Even allowing for Lederman's open bias toward big physics, his book is a delight to read and absorb, far more accessible than most books about contemporary physics, because it is rooted in the experimental; the "God particle" of the title is the missing link of experimental physics, just as this book is the missing link between a complex world and the general reader. By contrast, Amit Goswami (physics, Univ. of Oregon) is interested in the metaphysical, or perhaps the meta-metaphysical. Drawing heavily on New Age and Eastern philosophical concepts, he attempts to demonstrate that the world as we know it is but a construct of human consciousness; mind, not matter, is the stuff of which we are made. Where Lederman explains for the delight of knowing, Goswami explains only to support his thesis, making for a much more abstract and strange book. All but the converted will find this heavy sledding. The books are thus not interchangeable: Lederman will appeal to those interested in learning about science and the physical world, Goswami to those seeking a hip confirmation of their own sense of self-enlightenment.
- Mark Shelton, Athens, Ohio
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc.


"One of the clearest, most enjoyable new  science books in years... explains the entire history  of physics and cosmology. En route, you'll laugh  so hard you won't realize how much you are  learning." -- San Francisco Examiner


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5.0 von 5 Sternen Written for the layman. Very educational! 31. Juli 2000
I enjoyed this book immensely. Lederman says in the book, among other things, that he would have called it the "God-damned particle," but his publisher nixed the idea, for understandable reasons.

He has a sense of humor, and he writes in a very easy-to-understand style; yet he is one of the top--maybe THE top--experimental physicists on the planet. I'd really like to hear him debate Tom Van Flandern, author of DARK MATTER, MISSING PLANETS AND NEW COMETS, even if I wouldn't be able to follow the conversation due to my own lack of education in physics. They both write well, and have greatly interesting things to say if you are interested in cosmology.

For the price, how can you go wrong? Give it a try.

Joseph Pierre
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Who Says Physics Can't Be Fun? 27. Juli 2000
This book proves something that I have long suspected about physicists; a lot of them are children at heart, and they approach the physical world with the same sense of awe and glee that a child does by instinct.
Lederman has a lot of fun here, writing a chronological account of particle physics in a narrative style yet the book contains enough non-physics humor to captivate someone totally disinterested in the world of physics. I particularly enjoyed his little elbow-jabs at those lazy physics theoreticians, since he himself is a technician of physics.
I unreservedly recommend this book to anyone. I don't think you will be diappointed.
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Today, most of us are hesitant when it comes to programming
our VCR's--let alone trying to figure out the unfathomable field
of particle physics. My parents grew up at a time when the
atomic theory was still doubtful enough to question in textbooks.
Now, scientists, schools, and basic technological services
cannot survive without a solid understanding of it. But, what
is it really?
Dr. Lederman's quick wit and thorough understanding of the
subject draw you in by first examining the history and
philosophy of the subject (beginning 2500 years ago!!);
and leading up to his dreams for the future of this profound
profession. This Nobel Laureate once headed Fermilab
(the largest particle accelerator in the world). Yet he seemed
to revel in his chance to teach freshman physics at IIT two
years ago. Perhaps this explains why _The_God Particle_
not only made "quantom physics seem easy" to *me*, but appealed to my
astrophysics-major-friends, as well.

_The_God_Particle_'s comedic commentary will give you
a case of the giggles that will melt pounds off your
person. You will snicker at accounts of scientific misconceptions
of last 2500 years--especially the most recent. Your
chuckles and snorts will draw questioning looks from anyone
around you--whether or not they notice you're reading a book
about particle physics.
Meanwhile, Lederman's love and
excitement for the both the known and the still undiscovered
worlds of science combine with his incredible teaching skills.
_The_God_Particle_ melts away ignorance to reveal questions
within you that you've never conceived of asking.
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A tremendously entertaining book covering much of the history of physics by one of the best known particle physicists. Lederman's book is interspersed with some of the most humorous stories I've ever read in a science book and I can't resist sharing two of them here. In an imaginary conversation with the greek philosopher Democritus, Lederman is talking about how elusive the Higgs particle is, and comments that the book's title refers to this particle, but that his publisher wouldn't allow the book to be called "The God-damned Particle. The second is from a discussion of building a piece of laboratory equipment to use in a particle accelerator. They acquired a 12 inch naval cannon to use as a collimator, and needed to fill it with beryllium as a filter, but the inside of the bore had deep rifling grooves. He sent a skinny graduate student inside the tube to stuff steel wool into the grooves. After a few hours of work, the graduate student crawled out all hot, sweaty and irritated and said "I quit," to which Lederman is said to have replied, "You can't quit, where will I find another student of your caliber?"
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5.0 von 5 Sternen This is physics, but not as we know it Jim... 26. März 1999
Von Pinkelk
Lederman spends the first third of this book reviewing physics, from Greek times to the early part of this century; the second third focuses on the more recent history of particle accelerators - in which Lederman himself plays a part. All this is a necessary and fascinating preface to the final third - an exploration of the frontiers of knowledge in the exploration of the fundamental building blocks of nature, in which Lederman quietly pokes fun at physicists' attempts to find the answer to life, the universe, and everything - which they suspect might be very simple and beautiful, and at least partly to do with the God Particle - the Higgs Boson - a (so far) theoretical particle/force (I am not a physicist, so I can get away with this description) which gives mass to everything in the universe.
If reading this does not get you excited about physics, nothing will. I look forward to an update, Mr. Lederman - have you found Higgs yet?
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5.0 von 5 Sternen The joking physicist and the particle
Leon Lederman ist Experimentalphysiker und mit Teilchenbeschleunigern vertraut, seit er 1951 promovierte, er hat einige der wichtigsten Experimente der Teilchenphysik ersonnen,... Lesen Sie weiter...
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An excellent book entirely! My background isn't math or physics but I have read a good deal on Quantum physics for the layman and found this to be an excellent addition to the... Lesen Sie weiter...
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Awesome book!
A great book! Excellent overview of problems, solutions and discoveries from the experimentalist's point of view. Lesen Sie weiter...
Am 27. September 1999 veröffentlicht
5.0 von 5 Sternen It's funny, interesting, and eye opening
I have to say that my 2 favorite non-technical science books are Hawking's A Brief history of Time, and Lederman's the God Particle. Lesen Sie weiter...
Am 6. September 1999 veröffentlicht
5.0 von 5 Sternen 9.479352 stars for LEON LEDERMAN!!
This is the book that got me interested in physics, and encouraged me to study hard enough to be able to pursue a career in physics! Lesen Sie weiter...
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5.0 von 5 Sternen The most interesting book about quantum physics.
Absolutely funny, deeply interesting, and profoundly appropriate for our times.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Superb! One of the Best All around Phsyics Books I've Read
Definately one of the BEst books I have read in this area. A fascinating introduction to particle physics and the History of Physics in general. Lesen Sie weiter...
Am 12. Januar 1999 veröffentlicht
5.0 von 5 Sternen Terrific introductory book to particle physics.
The God Particle is truly an excellent book. It's funny and it gives a great introduction to particle physics. Lesen Sie weiter...
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