In part III of this three-part series on the mysteries of Cosmology, Collider author Paul Halpern discusses the scientific world's search for a theory that unites all four natural forces: gravity, electromagnetism, the weak force, and the strong force.
Paul Halpern is Professor of Physics at the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia. A prolific author, he has written twelve science books and dozens of articles. His interests range from space, time and higher dimensions to cultural aspects of science. The recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, Fulbright Scholarship, and an Athenaeum Literary Award, he has appeared on numerous radio and television shows, including The Simpsons 20th Anniversary Special, and the PBS series Future Quest. His most recent book, Collider, was named by Library Journal its physics selection for the Best Science Books of 2009.
Collider offers a comprehensive guide to the science behind the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) and about the history of humankind's longstanding attempts to find the smallest components of nature. It explains how the LHC has recreated some of the conditions that existed just after the Big Bang and shows how the powerful device could help unlock the mysteries of dark matter, dark energy, supersymmetry, and possible higher dimensions. It describes why the discovery of a particle called the Higgs boson would offer deep insight about the fundamental laws of nature. In short, the book offers a fascinating journey through the exciting realm of particle physics.