Higgs boson book scoops Royal Society Winton Prize
A book telling the story of the hunt for the elusive Higgs
boson has won the 2013 Royal Society Winton Prize.
Theoretical physicist Sean Carroll scoops the £25,000 award for his book The Particle at the End of the Universe.
His work beat five other titles that ranged across topics that broadly focussed on life in its many forms and its internal workings.
But the judges were unanimous in their decision to give Dr Carroll the prize.
The opening words of the book’s prologue, gives an idea of its populist flavour:
JoAnne Hewett is feeling giddy, smiling broadly as she speaks enthusiastically into a video camera. An excited buzz filters up from partygoers at the Swiss consulate in San Francisco. It’s a unique event, celebrating the first protons circulating in the underground tunnel of the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) outside Geneva—an enormous particle accelerator on the French-Swiss border that has begun its quest to unlock the secrets of the universe. The champagne flows freely, and no wonder. Hewett’s voice rises with emphasis: “I’ve been waiting for this day for Twenty. Five. Years.”