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Celebrating CERN -- the world's most remarkable physics laboratory

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"CERN: How We Found the Higgs Boson," recently published by World Scientific, is a highly valuable contribution to the history of CERN and the science surrounding this most remarkable physics laboratory in the world.

The book is very well structured, combining present-day interviews with the scientists of CERN, with important figures and events in the history of physics.

The book is easy to read despite the difficult topic because of the author's ability to glean what is important and convey that information. Furthermore, the book is a brilliant portrait of a whole generation of scientists doing research on the threshold of a new era in physics.

The history of CERN, told in the first part of the book recounts a remarkable political success, largely the brainchild of European physicists desperate for a high-profile place to work, after the brain drain during the Second World War. They were very remarkable physicists, for that matter: Louis de Broglie, Isidor Rabi, Edoardo Amaldi, Pierre Auger, Niels Bohr, Werner Heisenberg, and others. The major part of the book consists of interviews with physicists active in different areas at CERN ¬-- ranging from building accelerators to communication with the public.

The author also adds material supporting the topics under discussion: the history of atomic physics; dark matter, and dark energy; supersymmetry, supernovae, and anti-matter. Added are portraits of the main characters in the development of physics, such as Democritus, Faraday, Maxwell, Rutherford, Bohr, and Einstein.

Ralf Krauter from Deutschlandfunk said, "In this exciting and informative book, the historian Michael Krause looks behind the scenes of the largest scientific institution in the world, CERN. The author draws an exciting picture of the people who work at CERN, and also of the ideas and visions that these top scientists really have. This inspiring book is full of stories from the scientific Mecca in Geneva, and it paints a portrait of life on the CERN campus that is highly recommended reading for both beginners and experts."

The book comprises interviews with Rolf-Dieter Heuer (CERN Director-General), Carlo Rubbia (Nobel Prize, 1984), Sir Tejinder Virdee (CMS), Jonathan Butterworth (ATLAS), Masaki Hori (ASACUSA), John Ellis (Theory Divison), Sebastian White (ZDC), Tara Shears (LHCb), and Lyn (the Atom) Evans (LHC), among others. There are also texts and citations by Winston Churchill, Isidor Rabi, Albert Einstein, Niels Bohr, Isaac Newton, and Richard Feynman et al.

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The book retails for US$58 / £38 (hardcover) and US$29 / £19 (paperback). More information on the book can be found at: http://www.worldscientific.com/worldscibooks/10.1142/9316

About the Author

Michael Krause, born in 1956, spent a lot of time studying history. Today he works as an author, director, and actor. In his books on science and technology he is especially interested in the people who are behind pioneering breakthroughs, spectacular events, or important advances that have contributed to a better understanding of the world and the universe. Michael Krause also made a documentary film about CERN called, "CERN: Why We Do What We Do."

About World Scientific Publishing Co.

World Scientific Publishing is a leading independent publisher of books and journals for the scholarly, research and professional communities. The company publishes about 500 books annually and more than 120 journals in various fields. World Scientific collaborates with prestigious organisations like the Nobel Foundation, US National Academies Press, as well as its subsidiary, Imperial College Press, to bring high quality academic and professional content to researchers and academics worldwide. To find out more about World Scientific, please visit http://www.worldscientific.com.

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