OUP to publish 'God particle' title

OUP to publish 'God particle' title

Oxford University Press is the first publisher to announce it will be releasing a title explaining the discovery of the Higgs boson, or "God Particle", with the book to come just six weeks after the announcement from CERN yesterday [4th July].

Science writer Jim Baggott has written the book, Higgs: The Invention and Discovery of the 'God Particle', to be released on 13th August priced £14.99. In it, Baggot will explain exactly what has been discovered, how it was predicted and the implications for science and the wider world.

He said: "I had the idea for a book about the discovery of the Higgs boson in March 2010, just as CERN's Large Hadron Collider was setting a new world record for particle collision energy. I figured that there was a chance that this particle-the last missing piece in the jigsaw of the Standard Model of particle physics-might be discovered soon. But the question was: How soon? Finally, on 4th July 2012, CERN announced the discovery of a new boson, one that is consistent with the standard model Higgs.

"This new book is timely, coming only six weeks after the announcement. But, for me personally and for the team at OUP, it has been a long time coming."

Baggott is also author of The Quantum Story (OUP).