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It was a little over my head, but that's what I was hoping for. The author get very detailed about his work without getting to complicated all at once. He tells you a bit, then tells a story about something giving you time to let it sink in, then explains a bit more. All without knowing that's what he is doing until the end, if you notice at all.
The narrator was fantastic. Very well done. I could have been sitting next to the author over tea and just been listening to a story.
I greatly enjoyed the inside story at CERN, and getting to understand how the process of "proving" the Higgs is the Higgs.
12 of 12 people found this review helpful
I did not understand all the physics, but I really enjoyed listening to the book. The book actually made me laugh out loud at times. And it effectively describes what it's like to be an actual physicists in today's world.
The physics is hard to understand, but the life of a physicist is easy to understand and very interesting.
11 of 11 people found this review helpful
Is there anything you would change about this book?
This is well narrated, although distinctly "by 'eck" at times meaning Jonathan Keeble makes Jon Butterworth sound distinctly more Yorkshire than he is in reality! But he draws you in and it's well paced.
This book feels like it has something of an identify crisis because it does not comfortably mix the technical side of physics with social / people side of CERN. It's too technical for too long in periods for me to remain engaged and the social / people side is too weak to be compelling. That's not to say it is without merit but it has fallen short vs my expectations. I think this could be a must-read for a physics under-graduate or the like, but for the ordinary many on the street like me, I would not recommend it.
10 of 10 people found this review helpful
This was a great addition to my physics collection. It doesn't really go into complex-hard to listen to explanations. It's well written, well read and funny. I recommend this to anyone who is at least remotely interested in physics.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful
Very technical at points, but I wanted that. If you want want that, most of the really technical chapters are skipable and are written so that doing so does not impact the overall narrative. Very well done.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful