A Zeptospace Odyssey: A Journey into the Physics of the LHC by Gian Francesco Giudice

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 biggest particle accelerator. A CERN physicist leads the lay reader into the realm of particle physics, from the awesome technological suggestions that have been essential to construct the LHC, in the course of the speculative theories invented to explain the final word legislation governing the universe. the result's a unprecedented trip contained in the cloth of topic, a thrilling event within a wierd and bewildering area, during which you could get pleasure from the size of the highbrow revolution that's approximately to occur. Does the mysterious Higgs boson exist? Does area disguise supersymmetry or expand into additional dimensions? How can colliding protons on the LHC liberate the secrets and techniques of the starting place of our universe? those questions are all framed after which addressed by means of knowledgeable within the box. whereas making no compromises in accuracy, this state-of-the-art fabric is gifted in a pleasant, obtainable kind. The book's goal is not only to notify, yet to provide the reader the physicist's feel of awe and pleasure, as we stand on the point of a brand new period in realizing the area during which all of us live.

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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 biggest particle accelerator. A CERN physicist leads the lay reader into the realm of particle physics, from the awesome technological suggestions that have been essential to construct the LHC, in the course of the speculative theories invented to explain the final word legislation governing the universe. the result's a unprecedented trip contained in the cloth of topic, a thrilling event within a wierd and bewildering area, during which you could get pleasure from the size of the highbrow revolution that's approximately to occur. Does the mysterious Higgs boson exist? Does area disguise supersymmetry or expand into additional dimensions? How can colliding protons on the LHC liberate the secrets and techniques of the starting place of our universe? those questions are all framed after which addressed by means of knowledgeable within the box. whereas making no compromises in accuracy, this state-of-the-art fabric is gifted in a pleasant, obtainable kind. The book's goal is not only to notify, yet to provide the reader the physicist's feel of awe and pleasure, as we stand on the point of a brand new period in realizing the area during which all of us live.

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With today’s knowledge, it was proved that Galileo could not have made this kind of public demonstration3. Because of air resistance, it would not work. Also, the typical human reaction time could not have allowed Galileo to drop the balls with the required simultaneity. Actually, there is no mention of this demonstration in any of Galileo’s writings. The story comes from a biography by Vincenzo Viviani (1622–1703), Galileo’s last assistant, who probably wanted to add some extra glory to the celebrated life of his master.

3 Wolfgang Pauli during a lecture in Copenhagen in 1929. Source: Pauli Archive / CERN. Today physicists are more accustomed to inventing new particles, but in those days Pauli’s hypothesis seemed very radical. Actually Pauli did not have the courage to publish his idea in a scientific article, but only described it in a letter sent to a physics meeting on radioactivity at Tübingen, in which he could not participate because had been invited to a ball by the Italian students in a Zurich hotel. Pauli addressed the letter “Dear radioactive ladies and gentlemen,” and he explained that his hypothesis was a “desperate way out”16 of the problem of beta radiation.

The concept of field, originally introduced by Michael Faraday, is fundamental to modern physics. A field associates with each point in space a physical quantity, which can be expressed as a number or as a set of numbers. A hiking map showing altitude contour lines can be viewed as an example of a field. A value of the elevation is associated with each point in the map. A red-hot piece of metal can be interpreted as a field too. The colour hues varying along its surface show the value of the temperature, point by point.

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