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Present at the Creation - Discovering the Higgs Boson

Amir D. Aczel

The Large Hadron Collider is the biggest, and by far the most powerful, machine ever built. A project of CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research, its audacious purpose is to re-create, in a 16.5-mile-long circular tunnel under the French-Swiss countryside, the immensely hot and dense conditions that existed some 13.7 billion years ago within the first trillionth of a second after the fiery birth of our universe. The collider is now crashing protons at record energy levels never created by scientists before, and it will reach even higher levels by 2013. Its superconducting magnets guide two beams of protons in opposite directions around the track. After accelerating the beams to 99.9999991 percent of the speed of light, it collides the protons head-on, annihilating them in a flash of energy sufficient-in accordance with Einstein's elegant statement of mass-energy equivalence, E=mc2-to coalesce into a shower of particles and phenomena that have not existed since the first moments of creation. Within the LHC's detectors, scientists hope to see empirical confirmation of key theories in physics and cosmology. In telling the story of what is perhaps the most anticipated experiment in the history of science, Amir D. Aczel takes us inside the control rooms at CERN at key moments when an international team of top researchers begins to discover whether this multibillion-euro investment will fulfill its spectacular promise. Through the eyes and words of the men and women who conceived and built CERN and the LHC-and with the same clarity and depth of knowledge he demonstrated in the bestselling Fermat's Last Theorem-Aczel enriches all of us with a firm grounding in the scientific concepts we will need to appreciate the discoveries that will almost certainly spring forth when the full power of this great machine is finally unleashed. Will the Higgs boson make its breathlessly awaited appearance, confirming at last the Standard Model of particles and their interactions that is among the great theoretical achieve

The Large Hadron Collider is the biggest, and by far the most powerful, machine ever built. A project of CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research, its audacious purpose is to re-create, in a 16.5-mile-long circular tunnel under the French-Swiss countryside, the immensely hot and dense conditions that existed some 13.7 billion years ago within the first trillionth of a second after the fiery birth of our universe. The collider is now crashing protons at record energy levels never created by scientists before, and it will reach even higher levels by 2013. Its superconducting magnets guide two beams of protons in opposite directions around the track. After accelerating the beams to 99.9999991 percent of the speed of light, it collides the protons head-on, annihilating them in a flash of energy sufficient-in accordance with Einstein's elegant statement of mass-energy equivalence, E=mc2-to coalesce into a shower of particles and phenomena that have not existed since the first moments of creation. Within the LHC's detectors, scientists hope to see empirical confirmation of key theories in physics and cosmology. In telling the story of what is perhaps the most anticipated experiment in the history of science, Amir D. Aczel takes us inside the control rooms at CERN at key moments when an international team of top researchers begins to discover whether this multibillion-euro investment will fulfill its spectacular promise. Through the eyes and words of the men and women who conceived and built CERN and the LHC-and with the same clarity and depth of knowledge he demonstrated in the bestselling Fermat's Last Theorem-Aczel enriches all of us with a firm grounding in the scientific concepts we will need to appreciate the discoveries that will almost certainly spring forth when the full power of this great machine is finally unleashed. Will the Higgs boson make its breathlessly awaited appearance, confirming at last the Standard Model of particles and their interactions that is among the great theoretical achieve
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The Large Hadron Collider is the biggest, and by far the most powerful, machine ever built. A project of CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research, its audacious purpose is to re-create, in a 16.5-mile-long circular tunnel under the French-Swiss countryside, the immensely hot and dense conditions that existed some 13.7 billion years ago within the first trillionth of a second after the fiery birth of our universe. The collider is now crashing protons at record energy levels never created by scientists before, and it will reach even higher levels by 2013. Its superconducting magnets guide two beams of protons in opposite directions around the track. After accelerating the beams to 99.9999991 percent of the speed of light, it collides the protons head-on, annihilating them in a flash of energy sufficient-in accordance with Einstein's elegant statement of mass-energy equivalence, E=mc2-to coalesce into a shower of particles and phenomena that have not existed since the first moments of creation. Within the LHC's detectors, scientists hope to see empirical confirmation of key theories in physics and cosmology. In telling the story of what is perhaps the most anticipated experiment in the history of science, Amir D. Aczel takes us inside the control rooms at CERN at key moments when an international team of top researchers begins to discover whether this multibillion-euro investment will fulfill its spectacular promise. Through the eyes and words of the men and women who conceived and built CERN and the LHC-and with the same clarity and depth of knowledge he demonstrated in the bestselling Fermat's Last Theorem-Aczel enriches all of us with a firm grounding in the scientific concepts we will need to appreciate the discoveries that will almost certainly spring forth when the full power of this great machine is finally unleashed. Will the Higgs boson make its breathlessly awaited appearance, confirming at last the Standard Model of particles and their interactions that is among the great theoretical achieve

Language:

English

Narrators:

Byron Wagner

Length:

8h 25m


Chapters

Introduction
Introduction

00:13


Chapter 1
Chapter 1

06:29


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

05:49


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

05:52


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

07:33


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

08:39


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

06:38


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

05:47


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

03:53


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

05:40


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

06:58


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

06:17


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

08:35


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

08:51


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

06:50


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

08:05


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

06:43


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

07:16


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

05:22


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

05:04


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

07:27


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

08:14


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

04:35


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

07:14


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

08:00


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

08:15


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

07:51


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

08:08


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

07:32


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

06:39


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

06:03


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

06:24


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

07:21


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

06:17


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

08:20


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

06:50


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

08:09


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

06:10


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

06:28


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

05:47


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

07:51


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

08:56


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

09:26


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

08:15


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

06:13


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

07:47


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

08:06


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

06:36


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

06:42


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

07:05


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

07:17


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

04:58


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

08:30


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

07:10


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

07:10


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

06:18


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

06:27


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

06:19


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

07:31


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

07:05


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

08:36


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

07:32


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

07:50


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

06:03


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

05:18


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

07:18


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

08:03


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

05:48


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

04:58


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

05:16


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

06:30


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

05:45


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

06:44


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

05:14


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

00:29