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Present at the Creation [Reading] ➽ Present at the Creation ➳ Amir D. Aczel – The Large Hadron Collider is the biggest and by far the most powerful machine ever built A project of CERN the European Organization for Nuclear Research its audacious purpose is to re create in a 165 The Large Hadron Collider is the biggest and by far the most powerful machine ever built A project of CERN the European Organization for Nuclear Research its audacious purpose is to re create in a mile long circular tunnel under the French Swiss countryside the immensely hot and dense conditions that existed some billion years ago within the first trillionth of a second after the fiery birth of our universe The collider Present at ePUB ½ is now crashing protons at record energy levels never created by scientists before and it will reach even higher levels by Its superconducting magnets guide two beams of protons in opposite directions around the track After accelerating the beams to percent of the speed of light it collides the protons head on annihilating them in a flash of energy sufficient in accordance with Einstein's elegant statement of mass energy euivalence Emc to coalesce into a shower of particles and phenomena that have not existed since the first moments of creation Within the LHC's detectors scientists hope to see empirical confirmation of key theories in physics and cosmology In telling the story of what is perhaps the most anticipated experiment in the history of science Amir D Aczel takes us inside the control rooms at CERN at key moments when an international team of top researchers begins to discover whether this multibillion euro investment will fulfill its spectacular promise Through the eyes and words of the men and women who conceived and built CERN and the LHC and with the same clarity and depth of knowledge he demonstrated in the bestselling Fermat's Last Theorem Aczel enriches all of us with a firm grounding in the scientific concepts we will need to appreciate the discoveries that will almost certainly spring forth when the full power of this great machine is finally unleashed Will the Higgs boson make its breathlessly awaited appearance confirming at last the Standard Model of particles and their interactions that is among the great theoretical achievements of twentieth century physics Will the hidden dimensions posited by string theory be revealed Will we at last identify the nature of the dark matter that makes up than percent of the cosmos With Present at the Creation written by one of today's finest popular interpreters of basic science we can all follow the progress of an experiment that promises to greatly satisfy the curiosity of anyone who ever concurred with Einstein when he said I want to know God's thoughts the rest is details From the Hardcover edition.

  • ebook
  • Present at the Creation
  • Amir D. Aczel
  • 14 April 2014
  • 9781299152076

About the Author: Amir D. Aczel

Amir Aczel was an Israeli born American author of popular science and mathematics books He was a lecturer in mathematics and history of mathematicsHe studied at the University of California Berkeley Getting graduating with a BA in mathematics in received a Master of Science in and several years later accomplished his PhD in Statistics from the University of Oregon He died in Nîme.

10 thoughts on “Present at the Creation

  1. Sotiris Makrygiannis Sotiris Makrygiannis says:

    Is a short story of CERN and those lovely neutrinos that we cannot see but are going thru our body every sec

  2. Gendou Gendou says:

    This book starts off with an outright lieenergy the likes of which has not seen in our universe since a fraction of a second after the Big BangFirst of all the kinetic energy in a 100mph fastball is one hundred million times as greathttpwwwgooglecomsearch?%281%2More applicably The Universe as a whole conducts than 10 million million LHC like experiments per second in the form of cosmic rays which bombard the EarthhttppublicwebcernchpublicenlI'm afraid to read on with this kind of unforgivably shitty journalismNew particles and phenomena are likely to appear that until now have existed only in physicist's imaginationsThis is DEAD WRONG New particles like the Higgs and WIMPs if discovered ALREADY EXISTED and have some conseuence in the universe that's why we predicted they will be seen in the first placeOh this is precious Aczel refers to the Higgs boson as the God Particle and clarifies for us that it is in fact an invisible particle I smell a Pulitzer Yeah rightUnbelievable Aczel asserts that CP violation is a satisfactory explanation for why the Universe exists at all Obviously CP violation explains baryogenesis but not why the UNIVERSE EXISTS If the author is this confused about science how confused must some of his readers be? Especially considering the book has the word Creation in it frightening

  3. Hind Hind says:

    Not bad except I thought it was about the LHC which it isn’t and some sloppy word choice

  4. Psychonaut Psychonaut says:

    I wanted to read this book to find out what all the God Particle fuss was about I probably understood about 10% of this book but what I did understand was pretty mind blowing Here are some facts I learned about the LHCIt's the largest machine ever built a 165 mile race track beneath the ground in Geneva designed to crash protons into each other to replicate the conditions of the universe 1 trillionth of a second after the big bang These protons crash into each other at 999999991% the speed of light only because it's not possible to travel the speed of light and each proton travels around the race track 11000 times per second The conditions inside this tunnel are 456 degrees Farenheit which is the coldest place anywhere in the universe When the protons crash into each other they generate 100000 times heat than the center of the sun It took 20 years to build and was created as a counterreaction to the atomic bomb because they wanted to use nuclear energy research for positive not destructive reasons As a result of the research that went into designing it they have made advancements in medical treatment as well as the birth of the WWW which was created by a scientist working at the facility in order to have an easy way of sharing the research data with other scientists throughout the world In addition to finding the God Particle the particle that gives mass to energy allowing matter to materialize last year they also hope to possibly create a small black hole discover what dark energy and dark matter are made of all the invisible parts of outer space and possibly discover the existence of other demensions Pretty freakin cool

  5. Ross Ross says:

    I thought that this was a very good oveview of the current state of theory in modern physics centered around the large Hadron Collider The author gives a uick historical review of the development of what is called modern physics and the role of particle accelerators in the various discoveries about the origin of the universe and what matter is made ofThe LHC is by far the largest and most expensive machine ever built costing around 20 billion in today's dollars It was built to find a theoretical particle called the Higgs bosonIt is a wonderful reflection on the nature of man Our curiosity is so great we would spend that much time and effort to find something that will never have the slightest practical value Just simply to knowThere are 10000 scientists collaborating at CERN in connection with the LHC and that amazing fact has led to studies by anthropologists and sociologists of what has been dubbed the large human colliderRecommended for everyone with an interest in science

  6. K K says:

    There is much about particle physics I do not understand most of it in fact and was hoping for an accessible explanation I find annoying the inaccurate details in things I do know about such as the Kelvin temperature scale does not come in degrees; it’s 12 kelvins not 12 degrees kelvin and such errors make me doubt the accuracy of all the material in which I haven't the background to detect inaccuracy

  7. Cassandra Kay Silva Cassandra Kay Silva says:

    It was a pretty basic read The information was good although some of the examples seemed perhaps wrong for what was being described? The paperclip example? I felt like that had too many flaws to gloss over and there were others that were likewise perhaps unhelpful Overall though it was better than the last book I read on the LHC both in readability and content

  8. Andrew Andrew says:

    The book is less about CERN and the Large Hadron Collider LHC and about the history of uncovering the mysteries of particle physics This description which is mostly chronological but tends to jump around uite a bit is loaded with lofty scientific language that was usually beyond my scope of understanding I have little to no experience with uantum physics so I found myself skimming through these portions of the narrative in an effort to find solid ground If I tried to comprehend some of the lofty language it would take much time than I am usually willing to dedicate on a single paragraph or page at times I would get no closer to understanding what was trying to be conveyed and I would end mentally drainedThis problem is further exacerbated by the fact that the narrative jumps from one concept to another with little to convey that the story was now moving on to a new brilliant scientist or a new category of particles I don't typically notice bold headers that gently push you the reader into understanding that this would be a new chunk of information However this title left me deeply wanting something of this sort to help compartmentalize topicsUltimately I was disappointed that this had very little to do with CERN and some of the incredible work that has been done with the help of the LHC The salt in the wound is the fact that what the book actually is can be boring and confusing for the uninitiated If you do understand these concepts this title may be of some value to you but I would still caution that in this case the old proverb is true You can't judge a book by its cover

  9. Andrew Andrew says:

    The content of this book is fascinating The delivery and story telling drags on in certain sections The is not a page turner but interesting for readers eager to learn about physics The Large Hadron Collider is a multi billion investment built by the European Organization for Nuclear Research CERN The goal of the collider is to crash protons at record energy levels The flash of energy will be similar to the moments of the Big Bang Scientists hope to measure the collider data and verify key theories of physics This book dives into detail on uantum Mechanics Higgs Boson cosmology string theory and The spoiler has a few observations view spoiler LHC is the Largest machine ever built 165 mile race track in Geneva 20 years to build Designed to crash protons to replicate the conditions of the universe 1 trillionth of a second after the big bang Protons crash into each other at 999999991% the speed of light only because it's not possible to travel the speed of light Each proton travels around the race track 11000 times per second Superconductors keep collider at 456 degrees Farenheit coldest place anywhere in the universe Protons crash and generate 100000 times heat than the center of the sun They hope to create a small black hole and see evidence of dark energy and dark matter and possibly discover the existence of other demensions hide spoiler

  10. Danielle Crawford Danielle Crawford says:

    This book was disappointing Instead of being a book about the trials and triumphs of CERN being built and the discoveries that the scientists who use CERN it spent much of the book dryly going over particle physics If I were looking for a book on particle physics I would look to Sagan or Feynman or Tyson who can dissemble these complex topics in a way for laypeople to understand This book was supposed to be about CERN and seeing as there were a great many stumbling blocks that are only briefly touched on and not explored in any detail I don't understand why this book has the subtitle of the story of CERN

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