Higgs boson book scoops Royal Society prize

November 25, 2013 9:10 PM

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Higgs boson book scoops Royal Society prize

A book telling the story of the hunt for the elusive Higgs Boson has won the 2013 Royal Society Winton Prize.

Theoretical physicist Sean Carroll scoops the £25,000 prize for his book The Particle at the End of the Universe.

His work beat five other titles that ranged across topics that broadly focussed on life in its many forms and its internal workings.

Prof Uta Frith, from University College London and chair of the judges, said of the winning work: "It is an exceptional example of the genre and a real rock star of a book. Though it's a topic that has been tackled many times before.

"Carroll writes with an energy that propels readers along and fills them with his own passion. He understands their minds and anticipates their questions. There's no doubt that this is an important, enduring piece of literature."

Carroll himself paid tribute to the Geneva laboratory that made the discovery of the Higgs in 2012.

"I feel enormous gratitude towards the thousands of physicists at the Large Hadron Collider and the millions of people who express their love for science everyday,"

Each runner-up received £2,500 at a ceremony at the society's headquarters in London.

Previous winners of this prize have included Stephen Hawking and Bill Bryson.

Emily Flashman, from the University of Oxford and another member of the judging panel, said that the Higgs boson book stood out from the very beginning "as an outstanding piece of science writing".

"It takes a difficult subject, makes it interesting, accessible and exciting. It tells the whole story of the experiment to find the Higgs boson.

"It's clearly a populist choice but it stood out on its own merit," she told BBC News.

Source: bbc.co.uk

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