Books About the Higgs Boson

One of the major experimental efforts of the modern physics community is the search to observe and identify the Higgs boson at the Large Hadron Collider. In 2012, scientists announced that they had discovered evidence that the Higgs boson was created in collisions within the accelerator. This discovery resulted in the 2013 Nobel Prize in Physics for Peter Higgs and Francois Englert, two of the scientists central to proposing the physical mechanism that predicted the existence of the Higgs boson.

As scientists discover more about the Higgs boson and what it tells us about the deepest levels of physical reality, I'm sure there will be more books that become available that focus on it. I will try to keep this list continually updated as new books on the subject are released.

Particle at the End of the Universe by Sean Carroll

Cover of the book The Particle at the End of the Universe by Sean Carroll. Dutton/Penguin Group

Astrophysicist and cosmologist Sean Carroll presents a comprehensive look at the creation of the Large Hadron Collider and the search for the Higgs boson, culminating in the July 4, 2012, announcement at CERN that evidence of the Higgs boson had been discovered ... an announcement that Carroll himself was present for. Why does the Higgs boson matter? What mysteries about the fundamental nature of time, space, matter, and energy could it potentially unlock? Carroll walks the reader through the details with the customary style and charm that have made him such a renowned science communicator.

The Void by Frank Close

Cover of the book The Void by Frank Close. Oxford University Press

This book explores the concept of nothingness, in the physical sense. Though the Higgs boson isn't the central theme of the book, this is an interesting thematic approach to understanding the meaning of empty space, which is a unique approach for launching into a rich discussion of the Higgs field.

The God Particle by Leon Lederman & Dick Teresi

This 1993 book popularized the concept of the Higgs boson and also introduced the phrase "god particle" into the world ... a sin that much of the scientific community has long lamented. Newer editions of the book have updated the concept with more recent information, but this book is primarily of interest for its historical significance.

Beyond the God Particle by Leon Lederman and Christopher Hill

Cover of the book Beyond the God Particle by Leon Lederman and Christopher Hill. Prometheus Books

Nobel laureate Leon Lederman returns with a popular book that focuses on what comes next, on the realm of physics that awaits exploration in the future. This book explores the secrets that remain to be discovered beyond the discovery of the Higgs boson.

Higgs Discovery: The Power of Empty Space by Lisa Randall

Photograph of Lisa Randall being interviewed at CERN in 2005. Mike Struik, released into public domain via Wikimedia Commons

Lisa Randall is a prominent figure in contemporary theoretical physics, having established many models related to quantum gravity and string theory. In this slim volume, she gets to the heart of why the discovery of the Higgs boson is so crucial to advancing theoretical physics into new frontiers.

The Large Hadron Collider by Don Lincoln

This book, subtitled The Extraordinary Stuff of the Higgs Boson and Other Stuff That Will Blow Your Mind, Don Lincoln of the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory and University of Notre Dame focuses not so much on the Higgs boson itself as on the device built to detect it. Of course, in the course of telling the story of the device, we also learn a great deal about the particle that it's looking for.