From the Great Wall to the Great Collider: China and the Quest to Uncover the Inner Workings of the Universe
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The 2012 discovery of the Higgs boson was a
sensational triumph—the culmination of a 48-year-long search that put
the finishing touches on the so-called Standard Model of particle
physics. While the celebrations were still underway, researchers in
China were making plans to continue the centuries-old quest to
identify the fundamental building blocks of nature. More specifically,
they began laying the groundwork for a giant accelerator—up to 100
kilometers in circumference—that would transport physics into a
previously inaccessible, high-energy realm where a host of new
particles, and perhaps a sweeping new symmetry, might be found.
The case for such an instrument is compelling: Even though the
Standard Model can describe the behavior of particles with astounding
accuracy, it is incomplete. The theory has little to say about the Big
Bang, gravity, dark matter, dark energy, and other far-reaching
This book explains how an ambitious new machine—on the scale
of China's proposed “Great Collider”—could provide
us with a fuller understanding of the origins of our universe and its
most basic constituents.
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Building a large
particle collider provides China a magnificent opportunity to take a
lead role in exploring the most basic, unanswered questions in
physics. This book, which makes the scientific and societal case for
such a 'Great Collider,' is a must-read for anyone interested in the
quest to fathom the deep nature of physical reality.
-- David Gross, Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics,
Winner of the 2004 Nobel Prize in Physics
Pushing back the frontiers of nature, and learning
about the mysteries that await us at higher energies, is one of the
great challenges of our time. In this fascinating book, Steve Nadis
and Shing-Tung Yau show how China could lead the way towards meeting
-- Edward Witten, Institute for Advanced Study, Winner of
the 1990 Fields Medal and 2012 Fundamental Physics
This is a great read --- accessible to anyone
interested in what could be the next big step forward in particle
physics after the Higgs discovery.
-- Joseph Incandela, University of California at Santa
Barbara, Winner of the 2012 Special Fundamental Physics Prize and
leader of one of the teams that discovered the Higgs