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By Gian Francesco Giudice

This ebook presents an easy and comprehensible consultant for appreciating the discoveries which are approximately to happen on the huge Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN, the world's greatest particle accelerator. A CERN physicist leads the lay reader into the area of particle physics, from the staggering technological thoughts that have been essential to construct the LHC, during the speculative theories invented to explain the last word legislation governing the universe. the result's a unprecedented trip contained in the cloth of topic, an exhilarating event within an odd and bewildering area, in which you can actually relish the size of the highbrow revolution that's approximately to take place. Does the mysterious Higgs boson exist? Does house cover supersymmetry or expand into additional dimensions? How can colliding protons on the LHC liberate the secrets and techniques of the beginning of our universe? those questions are all framed after which addressed through a professional within the box. whereas making no compromises in accuracy, this state of the art fabric is gifted in a pleasant, obtainable sort. The book's target isn't just to notify, yet to offer the reader the physicist's experience of awe and pleasure, as we stand on the point of a brand new period in figuring out the area within which all of us live.

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We are full of admiration, imagining Galileo who, with his legendary arrogance and swaggering, quickly climbs up the spiral staircase of the Tower of Pisa. There, with a confident and mocking smile, he drops a heavy cannon ball and a light musket pellet out of the protruding side of the leaning tower. The two objects hit with perfect simultaneity the underlying meadow, greeted by the rejoicing of the crowd and by the fainting of some old university sages. Alas, this story is certainly false. With today’s knowledge, it was proved that Galileo could not have made this kind of public demonstration3.

Now the issue was to see whether Yukawa’s meson actually existed. The most powerful particle accelerator in the universe is the universe itself. Cosmic rays, mostly consisting of protons and nuclei, are accelerated by various astronomical sources up to enormous energies, and continuously bombard our atmosphere, penetrating down to the earth’s surface. Cosmic rays were the first resource used by physicists to search for new particles whose production requires high-energy collisions. To detect particles produced by cosmic rays hitting the atmosphere, physicists used cloud chambers.

Research in this direction is still in progress. 26 27 A. Pais, Inward Bound, Oxford University Press, Oxford 1986. G. Johnson, Strange Beauty, Knopf, New York 2000. 28 | A Z E P T O S PA C E O D Y S S E Y In spite of the fact that research on artificial production of anti-atoms has had, at the moment, little impact on the scientific world, it has aroused great interest in the public and the media. Antimatter has even been invoked as a viable energy source. ”28 Still antimatter remains one of the favourite subjects of science-fiction writers.

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