1st Edition

Particles, Fields, Space-Time
From Thomson’s Electron to Higgs’ Boson

ISBN 9780367347239
Published September 14, 2020 by CRC Press
312 Pages 52 B/W Illustrations

USD $49.95

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Book Description

Particles, Fields, Space-Time: From Thomson's Electron to Higgs' Boson explores the concepts, ideas, and experimental results that brought us from the discovery of the first elementary particle in the end of the 19th century to the completion of the Standard Model of particle physics in the early 21st century.

The book concentrates on disruptive events and unexpected results that fundamentally changed our view of particles and how they move through space-time. It separates the mathematical and technical details from the narrative into focus boxes, so that it remains accessible to non-scientists, yet interesting for those with a scientific background who wish to further their understanding. The text presents and explains experiments and their results wherever appropriate.

This book will be of interest to a general audience, but also to students studying particle physics, physics teachers at all levels, and scientists with a recreational curiosity towards the subject.


  • Short, comprehensive overview concentrating on major breakthroughs, disruptive ideas, and unexpected results
  • Accessible to all interested in subatomic physics with little prior knowledge required
  • Contains the latest developments in this exciting field

Table of Contents

Chapter 1. Introduction

Chapter 2. The First Particles

Chapter 3. Relativity

Chapter 4. Atoms and Nuclei

Chapter 5. Quanta

Chapter 6. War-Time Physics

Chapter 7. Quantum Fields

Chapter 8. Enabling Technologies

Chapter 9. The Standard Model of Matter and Forces

Chapter 10. Pushing the Boundaries

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Martin Pohl is a professor emeritus at University of Geneva. He started working on particle physics with the Gargamelle neutrino experiment at CERN in the 1970s. Later, he experimented at the colliders PETRA (DESY, Hamburg Germany), LEP and LHC (CERN, Geneva Switzerland), before turning to astroparticle physics in space. He has been the director of the department for nuclear and particle physics (DPNC) at University of Geneva and head of the physics department. Until his retirement in 2017, he led the Geneva team working on the cosmic ray observatory AMS installed on the International Space Station since 2011. He is the author of a text book on particle physics, as well as the main author of two introductory online courses on the same subject.