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Story of the W and Z - Peter Watkins

Story of the W and Z

Paperback Published: 7th July 1986
ISBN: 9780521318754
Number Of Pages: 256

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This is a first-hand account of one of the most important scientific discoveries of the twentieth century. In 1983, two groups of scientists working at CERN near Geneva collected data, which were subsequently shown to be consistent with the W and Z bosons. This work earned two of those scientists the 1984 Nobel Prize in Physics. The author of this book, Peter Watkins, was a member of one of those groups. His book opens with a brief statement of the background, explaining in non-technical terms the theoretical developments that led to the prediction in the late 1960s of the existence of the W and Z bosons. He then moves on rapidly to describe the background to the experiments, explaining as he does so the problems that had to be overcome, and giving details of the accelerators, detectors and computers used in these very advanced- and difficult- experiments.

The Background
Inside the atom
Quarks and leptons
Unification of forces
The Objective
The experimental test
How do we recognise a W or Z boson?
The Tools for the Search
Accelerators and CERN
The UA1 experiment
The Search
Installation and the early runs
The search for the W boson
The search for the Z boson
The search continues
The Future
What next?
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ISBN: 9780521318754
ISBN-10: 0521318750
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 256
Published: 7th July 1986
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.4 x 17.0  x 1.4
Weight (kg): 0.41

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