Rather than focusing on the contributions of theoretical physicists to the understanding of the subatomic world and of the beginning of the universe - as most popular science books on particle physics do - this book is different in that, firstly, the main focus is on machine inventors and builders and, secondly, particle accelerators are not only described as discovery tools but also for their contributions to tumour diagnosis and therapy. The characters of well-known (e.g. Ernest Lawrence) and mostly unknown actors (e.g. Nicholas Christofilos) are outlined, including many colourful quotations. The overall picture supports the author's motto: "Physics is beautiful and useful".
"Accelerators go all the way from the unique and gargantuan Large Hadron Collider to thousands of smaller versions in hospitals and industry. Ugo Amaldi has experience across the range. He has worked at CERN and has for many years been driving the application of accelerators in medicine. This is a must-read introduction to this frontier of modern technology, written beautifully by a world expert."
Frank Close, Professor of Physics at Oxford University
author of "The Infinity Puzzle"
"This book should be read by school teachers and all those interested in the exploration of the microcosm and its relation to cosmology, and in the use of accelerators for medical applications. With a light hand and without formulae the author easily explains complicated matters, spicing up the text with amusing historical anecdotes. His reputation as an outstanding scientist in all the fields treated guarantees high standards."
Herwig Schopper, former CERN Director General
author of "LEP - The Lord of the Collider Rings at CERN"
"This book tells the story of modern physics with an unusual emphasis on the machine-builders who made it all possible, and their machines. Learning to accelerate particles has enabled physicists to probe the subatomic world and gain a deeper understanding of the cosmos. It has also brought numerous benefits to medicine, from the primitive X-ray machines of over a century ago to today's developments in hadron therapy for cancer. Amaldi tells this story in a most fascinating way."
Edward Witten, Professor of Mathematical Physics at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton; Fields Medal (1990)
Publisher: Springer International Publishing AG
Number of pages: 284
Weight: 4628 g
Dimensions: 235 x 155 x 16 mm
Edition: 2015 ed.
"Particle Accelerators: From Big Bang Physics to Hadron Therapy takes us on a fascinating odyssey of accelerator history and Applications. ... the book contains many recollections of CERN; it would definitely warm the heart of anyone who worked and lived in that wonderful scientific mecca. Particle Accelerators, which is aimed at the general public, is filled with intriguing analogies, metaphors, and humor." (Andrei Seryi, Physics Today, October, 2015)
"Ugo Amaldi must have the history of particle physics in his bones, and he writes with feeling about the development of particle accelerators, introducing each chapter with personal touches ... . this is a book for everyone, and in particular, I believe, for young people. Books like this inspired my studies, and I would like to think that Amaldi will inspire others with his passion for physics." (Christine Sutton, CERN Courier, August, 2015)
"This book will enthuse all who are interested in the exploration of the microcosm and its relation to cosmology, and, above all, in the wide use of particle accelerators. ... This is a highly recommended introduction to this frontier of modern technology, written beautifully by a world expert." (Frank Close, Contemporary Physics, August, 2015)
"This book covers the field of elementary particles. The focus is experimental methods used to discover elementary particles in the last seven or eight decades and their medical applications, as the title suggests. ... The descriptions are accessible and will be interesting to anyone with a basic knowledge of physics. ... The book includes many historical pictures and good diagrams that help explain the theories. ... Summing Up: Recommended. Lower-division undergraduates and above." (N. Sadanand, Choice, Vol. 52 (11), July, 2015)