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OUP title to reveal inside story of Higgs boson particle

OUP title to reveal inside story of Higgs boson particle

05 July 2012

Oxford University Press will publish the inside story of the recent discovery of the Higgs boson particle, it announced today.

Higgs: The invention and discovery of the ‘God Particle’ by Jim Baggott will be available from 13 August, providing a series of insights into the 40-year hunt for the missing link in particle physics.

The announcement follows the news on 4 July that Cern scientists at the Large Hadron Collider had discovered a particle consistent with the Higgs boson model.

The Higgs boson, which is thought to give matter mass, has been the subject of a scientific hunt since Peter Higgs and others first proposed the model suggesting its existence in the 1960’s.

Baggott, who spent 18 months developing his latest title, provides an accessible guide to the science behind the particle, offering an up-to-date account of its invention and discovery. He also outlines what its detection means for our understanding of the Universe.

Already the bestselling author of The Quantum Story, Baggott’s latest title is one of a large number of academic works published by OUP that bring complex scientific developments to new audiences.

Bagott said: “I figured that there was a chance that this particle might be discovered soon, but the question was how soon? This new book is timely but for me personally and for the team at Oxford University Press, it has been a long time coming.”

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