City Books Present: Ian Sample
Wednesday 6th February 2013 - Starts 7pm
TICKET PRICE: £8
MASSIVE THE HUNT FOR THE GOD PARTICLE – Ian Sample
‘This is Nerd-heaven. Finally, Particle Physics gets a proper page-turner. A smart, breathless race through Higgs, his tiny, tiny particle and the big, big search to find it.’ ~ Dara O’Briain
‘Wondering what all the hype over the Higgs boson is about? Look no further… A hundred anecdotes bring the towering figures of particle physics and their key discoveries to life.’ ~ New Scientist
The dramatic and gripping account of how one big idea has brought life and order to the universe, sparking the greatest race science has ever seen.
The biggest science story of our time, Massive spans four decades weaving together the personal stories and intense rivalry behind the search for the ‘God’ particle or Higgs boson – the particle that gives mass (or weight) to all things.
A story of grand ambition, intense trans-Atlantic competition, clashing egos and occasionally spectacular failures, this is the first single historical narrative that brings together the science, culture and politics in an accessible way for the general reader. No other author has had such unprecedented access to the work and both the public and private life of theoretical physicist Professor Peter Higgs, the scientist after whom the particle is named.
For scientists, to find the God particle is finally to understand the origin of mass. And until now, the story of their search for it has never been told.
Ian Sample is uniquely placed to tell this story: as well as being an award-winning science correspondent at the Guardian, over the years he has built up a good relationship with the reclusive Professor Peter Higgs. No other writer has been allowed such intimate insight into the man, his life and his work.