Science: Answering Natureís Mysteries Since 1543


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Books written or edited by Don Lincoln

Scientia vincere tenebras

Understanding the Universe is a clear explanation of fundamental mysteries as old as mankind itself.† Written for non-scientists, it tells us what scientists know about particle physics and cosmology.† The subjects covered are: the history of particle physics discoveries, modern theories, the knowledge of the Higgs boson as of 2012, how particle accelerators and detectors work, mysteries that might be solved within a decade, mysteries with a longer time horizon, and how particle physics and cosmology are intertwined.†

The Quantum Frontier was released in 2009 and it tells the compelling story of the Large Hadron Collider [LHC] at the CERN laboratory in Europe.† This book was the first book published on the subject.† The book tells the reader about well known subatomic physics and then covers topics on which the LHC is expected to shed light, for example the Higgs boson and supersymmetry.† It also covers in some detail the LHC itself and the detectors arrayed around it.† It is a must-read for LHC fans.

Alien Universe is Lincolnís first foray into writing about extraterrestrials.† He was interested in finding out how it is that the common picture of aliens as short, gray, bipedal humanoids, with large almond eyes came to be.† The tale is an interesting one, beginning with the 1835 Moon Hoax and the fascination society had with Martian life at the turn of the 20th century.† Reports of UFOs and stories of alien visitation and abduction abound.† Lincoln also describes the role of fiction in shaping our image of extraterrestrials.

Lincoln then tells us what modern science tells us what is possible about† xenobiology.

The Large Hadron Collider is a childrenís book about the LHC.† Lincoln did not write the book, but he was a technical consultant on it.†

The book describes the LHC for readers in the 8 - 11 year old age range.† It is one of the very few books written about the LHC for the younger reader.

The Large Hadron Collider: tells the tale of the LHC, from its initial conception through the 2013 Nobel Prize for the Higgs boson.† The book tells of known physics and the physics the LHC was designed to discover.† The reader also learns about the technical aspects of the LHC and the detectors arrayed around the ring.† A delightful component of this insiderís tale are the stories told from advisor to graduate student of the exciting start of this scientific behemoth and the engineering failure that could have doomed the entire enterprise.