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    Knocking on Heaven's Door

    Randall's clear and approachable style, along with her wit, here provides a most cogent description of not only the science behind the LHC but much of the underlying technology as well. This book is wide ranging, discussing many of the scientific theories to be investigated at CERN (and other experimental operations). She also has much to say about the larger scientific enterprise; how experiment reigns supreme; how effective theories are valid when scale is taken into account even when they are known to be incomplete; how effective theories backed by current evidence can shape and constrain more precise, inclusive extensions to those theories. If you want a book that will give you an 'executive summary' of the current state of particle physics research (emphasizing the studies going on at the Large Hadron Collider), relate this to current scientific mysteries on both the largest and smallest scales, all without incomprehensible mathematics bogging you down, then this is the book for you.
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