Exploring the Mystery of Matter
The ATLAS Experiment
Claudia Marcelloni, Kerry-Jane Lowery, Kenway Smith
The story of the design and construction of one of the most significant technological wonders of the modern world that may change our understanding of matter.
255 x 245 mm
ATLAS is a particle physics experiment at the Large Hadron Collider at the headquarters of CERN (the European Organization for Nuclear Research) near Geneva, Switzerland. This atom smasher produces particles for ATLAS to observe. Protons, travelling at nearly the speed of light, collide within the heart of ATLAS, sending out showers of debris to recreate 30 million times a second the conditions that existed millionths of a second after the Big Bang, the event that many physicists believe set our universe in motion. The ATLAS experiment is the result of a Herculean collaboration of more than 2000 engineers and physicists from 36 countries that was designed to find a particle called the Higgs boson, one of the last remaining pieces of the puzzle that describes how our universe works. This is the fully-documented story of the fascinating journey of these passionate scientists as they toiled in cramped spaces and at dizzy heights to complete an extraordinary feat of engineering that may change our understanding of how our universe came into being.Purchase on Amazon
Purchase at Waterstones