The God Particle: If the Universe Is the Answer, What Is the Question? (英語) ペーパーバック – 2006/6/26
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A fascinating tour of particle physics from Nobel Prize winner Leon Lederman.
At the root of particle physics is an invincible sense of curiosity. Leon Lederman embraces this spirit of inquiry as he moves from the Greeks' earliest scientific observations to Einstein and beyond to chart this unique arm of scientific study. His survey concludes with the Higgs boson, nicknamed the God Particle, which scientists hypothesize will help unlock the last secrets of the subatomic universe, quarks and all—it's the dogged pursuit of this almost mystical entity that inspires Lederman's witty and accessible history.
"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 --このテキストは、ハードカバー版に関連付けられています。
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This book presents the behind-the-scenes search for our origins, the before the Big Bang what?, the what is going to happen next; the brains, actions, competition, and risks of the participants in this enterprise are tremendous. The only thing they are not searching for is why humankind is so ignorant, violent, and self-centered.
Nevertheless, I highly recommend this tome to those lay persons who are interested in physics, but are willing to let others do the heavy lifting, especially since Lederman sees the creator as female and has peppered a large dose of humor into his great work! Again, thanks, Mr. Lederman.
1) I continue to be surprised--in a sad way--that so many Kindle book versions are as poor as they are, and this book is certainly an example. Whether it's true or not, this Kindle version gives every indication of having been generated by an OCR program scanning a paper document, and released without proofreading. Every few pages you'll find missing punctuation--which is perhaps merely annoying--but all too often you'll see words misspelled in ways that clearly indicate what was originally written (e.g. "for example, the sim, and indeed, in time, the distant stars" where "sim" should obviously be "sun.") Sometimes the problems are more serious than a simple misspelling: in a section discussing Thompson's experiments involving a ratio e/m, "e/m" is constantly written as "elm" (like the tree); in a description of Maxwell's equations, the text says "In these equations, £ stands for the electric field, £ stands for the magnetic field, and c, the velocity of light...". In case it doesn't print correctly here on Amazon, the text not only uses the symbol for Pounds Sterling for the electric field...which would be bad enough...it uses that same symbol for _both_ the electric field and the magnetic field. These are just a couple of _far_ too many text mistakes that occur throughout this edition.
The bottom line is that if you're at least a little familiar with the material, you'll only be annoyed every couple of pages, but if this is new to you, you should definitely avoid the Kindle edition of this book, because it'll just be confusing.
(I should admit I haven't seen the paper copy; it's possible, though I'd be amazed to find that this level of mistakes exists in all editions.)
2) The book itself is interesting and and enjoyable. Frankly, I think the author should leave out his nearly-constant attempts at humor--most of which fall flat in my opinion, and so are nothing but distractions--but humor is highly subjective, and I'm sure others will think it gives the book a boost. Overall, though, I enjoyed the perspective supplied by this book as the history of physics was used to lead the reader up to the title matter.
starting at the very beginning (ancient Greeks and Galileo). Well written - Lederman
has a wonderful sense of humor. As close to a page-turner as you can get, even when
progress slows to allow excursions to the Wikipedia or a handy physics text. (Supplementary
reading helps clarify the physics, and also gives more up-to-date info than the book, which was written
in 1993, but it really wasn't dated.) It also offers insights into
the lives and personalities of physicists (as well as entertaining quips about the
2 cultures of theorists vs. experimentalists). I even enjoyed the details of particle accelerators
and detectors, which I wasn't interested in beforehand.
My only complaint is the Kindle edition is poorly scanned. There are many misspellings and
even words that are incomprehensible, as well as technical terms (eg particle names) that are clearly wrong
and have to be guessed at.