How to Find a Higgs Boson―and Other Big Mysteries in the World of the Very Small

How to Find a Higgs Boson―and Other Big Mysteries in the World of the Very Small

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How did physicists combine talent and technology to discover the Higgs boson, the last piece in our inventory of the subatomic world? How did the Higgs change our understanding of the universe? And now, nearly a decade after its detection, what comes next? Answering these questions, Ivo van Vulpen – a CERN particle physicist and member of the team behind the detection – invites us on a journey to the frontiers of our knowledge.
Enjoy van Vulpen’s accessible explanation of the history of particle physics and of concepts like quantum mechanics and relativity—and ponder his inquiries regarding the search for new particles (to explain dark matter), a new force (to combine the existing fundamental forces), and new phenomena (undiscovered dimensions of space). This is a lively account of work at the world’s highest-energy particle accelerator, with inspiring personal reflections on humanity’s discoveries deeper and deeper into the world of the very small.


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Ivo van Vulpen is a Dutch particle physicist working at Nikhef (Amsterdam, The Netherlands). His research is focussed, as a member of the  Atlas experiment, on analyzing proton-proton collissions at the LHC collider at CERN (Geneva, Switzerland).
As a lecturer at the University of Amsterdam he teaches (particle) physics to bachelor and master students. How to Find a Higgs Boson - and Other Big Mysteries in the World of the Very small is his first book translated in Croatian.


  • ISBN: 978-953-8075-83-4
  • Dimensions: 155x215 mm
  • Number of pages: 200
  • Cover: paperback
  • Year of the edition: 2020
  • Original title: De melodie van de natuur
  • Original language: Dutch
  • Translation: Snježana Cimić

„This book is unique because there is no literature in the Croatian language that offers a recent overview of the situation in the field of elementary particle physics, and in which we have witnessed exceptional scientific activity in recent years.
The author was able to give a clear overview of the current state of particle physics, and his writing style encourages a wider readership.“
izv. prof. dr. sc. Davor Horvatić

„Through a series of phenomena that he is scientifically questioning from several sides, Ivo van Vulpen takes on the role of a guide through the most modern research in the field of particle physics. At the same time, he does not stop pushing the boundaries of our cognition, he does not stop warning about questions that once made sense, and today they no longer exist, as well as those areas where questions are still waiting to be asked.“
prof. dr. sc. Anita Peti-Stantić