Hunting the Higgs is the inside story of one of the world’s largest particle detectors,
from its inception in the late 1980s to its first years of operation in the 2010s.
Collider Exhibition at the Science Museum: 13 November 2013 – 6 May 2013
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Two years ago, the ATLAS detector at the Large Hadron Collider in Geneva began investigating the most powerful particle collisions physicists have ever created. Its discoveries include evidence of a new particle that many think is the famous and long-sought Higgs boson. This book tells the story of one of the world’s largest particle detectors, from its inception in the late 1980s to its construction in the 2000s and its first years of operation in the 2010s.
Find out why a machine designed to find tiny subatomic particles exceeds the height of the tallest dinosaurs, why the ATLAS detector throws away 99.998% of the data it finds in the blink of an eye – and why its search for discoveries that will change the way we think about the universe has only just begun.
The publication of Hunting the Higgs coincides with Collider, a major exhibition showcasing the Large Hadron Collider at the Science Museum in London. For more information on this exhibition, please visit the website of the Science Museum.
If you would like to learn more about the ATLAS experiment at CERN, please visit CERN’s official website.
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