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The Infinity Puzzle


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Prologue: Amsterdam 1971 GENESIS 1: The Point of Infinity 2: Shelter Island and QED 3: Feynman, Schwinger...and Tomonaga (and Dyson) Intermission 1950 4: Abdus Salam - A Strong Beginning 5: Yang-Mills...and Shaw 6: The Identity of John Ward 7: The Marriage of Weak and Electromagnetic Forces - to 1964 Intermission 1960 8: Broken Symmetries 9: "The Boson That Has Been Named After Me", aka the Higgs Boson Intermission mid 1960s 10: 1967 - from Kibble to Salam and Weinberg 11: "And Now I Introduce Mr 't Hooft" Intermission early 1970s REVELATION 12: BJ and the Cosmic Quarks 13: A Comedy of Errors Intermission 1975 14: Heavy Light 15: "Warmly Admired Richly Deserved" 16: The Big Machine Intermission the end of the 20th century 17: To Infinity and Beyond Postscript Epilogue: Bonfire of the Infinities Bibliography Acronyms for Notes Notes Index

About the Author

Frank Close is Professor of Theoretical Physics at Oxford University and former head of the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory. During his career he has worked closely with CERN, home of the LHC. He is a well-established science writer, and his recent short books for The Void and Antimatter - have been highly successful. In 2013 Professor Close was awarded the Royal Society Michael Faraday Prize for communicating science.


`this is an insider's view of a story that changed our understanding of the nature of reality.' Guardian `Review from previous edition fascinating book' Nature `thoroughly researched and well-crafted narrative' New Scientist `masterpiece...I never normally give 5 stars but for this I make an exception.' John Gribbin, BBC Focus `If [the Higgs Boson] does turn up, some people in Stockholm will likely be among the book's most avid readers ... Close is especially diligent in investigating the priority of ideas and in crediting researchers who may have been left behind, either by the Nobel committee or by popular imagination ... The result is a much more nuanced picture of history.' Physics World

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