What is the universe made of? How did it start?
This Manual tells the story of how physicists are seeking answers to these questions using the world’s largest particle smasher – the Large Hadron Collider – at the CERN laboratory on the Franco-Swiss border. Beginning with the first tentative steps taken to build the machine, the digestible text, supported by colour photographs of the hardware involved, along with annotated schemetic diagrams of the physics experiments, covers the particle accelerator’s greatest discoveries – from both the perspective of the writer and the scientists who work there.
Here is a full, comprehensive guide to the most famous, record-breaking physics experiment in the world, which continues to capture the public imagination as it provides new insight into the fundamental laws of nature.
Author: Gemma Lavender is the Editor of All About Space magazine (published by Future Plc), holds a Master of Physics in Astrophysics and has written about space science, technology and physics for a wide selection of magazines, websites and organisations, including NASA and ESA. Her book Quantum Physics in Minutes was recently published by Quercus and she has written reports and careers leaflets for the Institute of Physics. She gives talks to a wide range of audiences about space science, runs educational workshops for schools, and has appeared on BBC radio. She is a fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society.