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A modern-day adventure story demonstrating the chaotic and chancy nature of science that will change perceptions of scientific research. Several colorful personalities are introduced--the Italian physicist Carlo Rubbia chief among them....

Title : Nobel Dreams: Power, Deceit, and the Ultimate Experiment
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ISBN : 9780394545035
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 261 Pages
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Nobel Dreams: Power, Deceit, and the Ultimate Experiment Reviews

  • Rgbqcd
    2019-02-25 20:13

    If you are a grad student or higher in HEP, this book will give you constant flashes of "there is nothing new under the sun." Even 30 years later, the rushing, the fights, the weird politics of CERN have not really changed. A week of sleepless nights to rush for a conference talk, only to decide that we won't go for this conference, but the NEXT one! So another two weeks of rushing...only to determine we won't go to this conference, either... it's enough to give one shivers how familiar it all feels! Rubbia, of course, is a unique personality, and while some of the political tactics he used sound familiar, I think no one person has as much sway and power as he seemed to have. If anything, I was amazed how it only took three weeks for them to go from seeing Z events in UA1 to submitting the paper for publication... that would have taken 3 to 6 months nowadays. There are other things that are definitely different now, too. For one, we have the Internet, which precludes much of the constant jet-setting a lot of the profs were doing, and analysis-stealing that was going on. Also, thank God, it means that grad students can continue doing work on their laptops at home until 1 am instead of having to be in the computer lab at CERN until 1 am. Some other observations I had was how much bigger the experiments are now, from 135 people on UA1 to 3000 people on ATLAS. It also seems that the amount of meetings at CERN has exploded in the past 30 years. Taubes never mentioned grad students spending half of their time in analysis meetings. The main take away I got from reading this book is that HEP never changes. Well, the technology changes, but the personalities and excitement of searching for new physics feels all very familiar. SUSY is still just around the corner. John Ellis still has long hair. It was also fun reading about so many things that were so hard to find back then, but that an analysis takes for granted now- I mean, people calibrate their machines on Z bosons now! Jets and tops are gigantic sources of background! 30 years from now, it'll be fun to see if the Higgs will be a huge, annoying background people are trying to eliminate from their analysis. Either way, we'll still be looking for SUSY, I'm sure...

  • Irene
    2019-03-21 21:03

    This book is particularly gripping, which is extraordinary considering the fact that this is more like a history/biography novel. I'm not sure how relatable this book would be to a non-physicist, but anyone can relate to the politics and personalities that the book describes.

  • Ciarán
    2019-03-14 15:07

    The physics equivalent to Watson's 'The Double Helix'. Very interesting read

  • Sean
    2019-03-18 19:08

    This book gave a very interesting look at the interior politics of Nobel level physics. Unfortunately I still don't know how the story of high energy physics has panned out since then.