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Even after completing a PhD in experimental physics at CERN, including courses in field theory and the standard model, I found this lecture series explained the subject so well that it was like watching a very complicated jigsaw coming together. Brilliantly explained.
8 of 8 people found this review helpful
I had almost given up on popular expositions of modern physics: clichéd, patronising and hackneyed. This course could not be more different. What a joy to hear an expert in full flow, in full command of the subject and not glossing, skipping over difficult concepts or resorting to feeble analogies. You feel as if he is speaking to you as a peer, as someone who is designing detectors at CERN or working with the standard model. I will be listening again and learning as much the second time round.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
Sean Carroll gives a great summary about the history and discovery of the Higgs boson. The depth of which he explains is really good for those with some knowledge about particle physics, but you don't need to know too much about the subject and still not get lost in all the details.
I recommend listening to "Particle Physics for Non-Phycisists: A Tour of the Microcosmos" before diving in to this one. It gives a lot of good background information about the elementary particles as well as the different forces. "The Higgs Boson..." goes in some depth into the weak force, and I would say it is crucial to have some knowledge in this field before starting the lecture.
Sean Carroll is really experienced and great at giving these lectures. I also recommend "Mysteries of Modern Physics: Time" by Sean Carroll.
What are you waiting for? Give it a go!
56 of 58 people found this review helpful
This lecturer provides sufficient background to make comprehensible a very arcane body of knowledge based on.complex mathematics while only alluding to the math and not requiring the listener to get lost in those details.
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