7 October 2014

Collision Course

Ordinary folks were blown away by the Higgs boson discovery? Let’s not get carried away. Still, since its rocky start in 2008, the instrument that gave us the Higgs has won many admirers, an insider says in this ‘clear and engaging’ account.

Large Hadron Collider: The Extraordinary Story of the Higgs Boson and Other Stuff That Will Blow Your Mind. Don Lincoln. 240 pages. Johns Hopkins University Press.

Simulated proton-proton collision at the Large Hadron Collider. (CERN.)
Simulated proton-proton collision at the Large Hadron Collider. (CERN.)

Don Lincoln will have to keep writing books.

In 2008 he published The Quantum Frontier: The Large Hadron Collider, detailing the science behind the massive underground accelerator on the Swiss-French border at CERN, the European physics laboratory. That book came out just as the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) was to generate its first proton beams. Read More »

28 May 2014

Making Room for Daddy

A writer surveys the research to find the deeper scientific meanings of fatherhood.

Do Fathers Matter? What Science Is Telling Us About the Parent We’ve Overlooked. Paul Raeburn. 257 pages. Scientific American/Farrar, Straus and Giroux.

15 April 2014

Muscular Prose

Even if you’re not training to win the Boston Marathon, a running (and writing) biologist says that we all rely on the same fundamental mechanics and molecules to move.

The Hidden Mechanics of Exercise: Molecules That Move Us. Christopher M. Gillen. 352 pages. Belknap/Harvard University Press.

18 March 2014

Reaching the Nearest Star, and Lighting Hogwarts Castle

Equations aside, a physicist presents an approachable and informal survey of science and technology according to contemporary science fiction and fantasy.

Wizards, Aliens, and Starships: Physics and Math in Fantasy and Science Fiction. Charles L. Adler. 378 pages. Princeton University Press.

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