SEPTEMBER 30, 1995


From the literature of books and articles on particle physics, I have selected a few examples in different categories that I have read with appreciation. Except for the textbooks, I have favored books that are not dense with footnotes and equations, and so can be enjoyed in generous gulps. Return to the particle physics tour.

Chris Quigg


Frank Close, Michael Marten, and Christine Sutton, The Particle Explosion, Oxford University Press, New York, 1987.

Gordon Fraser, Egil Lillestøl, and Inge Sellevåg, The Search for Infinity: solving the mysteries of the universe, Facts on File, New York, 1995.


S. Weinberg, The Discovery of Subatomic Particles, W. H. Freeman, New York, 1990.

L. M. Lederman and D. N. Schramm, From Quarks to the Cosmos: Tools of Discovery, W. H. Freeman, New York, 1989.

Emilio Segrè, From x-rays to quarks, W. H. Freeman, San Francisco, 1980.

J. Mulvey (editor), The Nature of Matter, Oxford University Press, Oxford, 1981.


F. Wilczek and B. Devine, Longing for the Harmonies, Norton, New York, 1988.

Michael Riordan, The hunting of the quark, Simon & Schuster, New York, 1987.

F. E. Close, The Cosmic Onion: quarks and the nature of the universe, Heinemann Educational Books, London and Exeter, N. H., 1983.


David J. Griffiths, Introduction to Elementary Particles, Harper & Row, New York, 1987.

Robert N. Cahn and Gerson Goldhaber, The Experimental Foundations of Particle Physics, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 1989.

D. H. Perkins, Introduction to High-Energy Physics, third edition, Addison-Wesley, Menlo Park, California, 1987.

I. J. R. Aitchison and A. J. G. Hey, Gauge Theories in Particle Physics, second edition, Adam Hilger, Bristol, 1989.

Chris Quigg, Gauge Theories of the Strong, Weak, and Electromagnetic Interactions, Addison-Wesley, Reading, Massachusetts, 1983.


Chris Quigg, "Elementary Particles and Forces," Scientific American 252, (4) 84 (April 1985).

John Huth, "High-Energy Physics: The Road Ahead," American Scientist 82, 326 (1994).

Richard A. Carrigan, Jr. and W. Peter Trower (editors), Particles and Forces: At the Heart of Matter, W. H. Freeman, New York, 1990.

Richard A. Carrigan, Jr. and W. Peter Trower (editors), Particle Physics in the Cosmos, W. H. Freeman , New York, 1989.

E. W. Kolb and C. Quigg, "Exploring the Universe from Quarks to Cosmology," The Physics Teacher 24, 528 (1986).

J. D. Jackson, M. Tigner and S. G. Wojcicki, "The Superconducting Supercollider," Scientific American 254, (3) 66 (March 1986).

L. M. Lederman, "The Tevatron," Scientific American 264, (3) 48 (March 1991).

John R. Rees, "The Stanford Linear Collider," Scientific American 261, (4) 58 (October 1989).

S. Myers and E. Picasso, "The LEP Collider," Scientific American 263, (1) 54 (July 1990), p. 54.

C. Rubbia and M. Jacob, "The Z0," American Scientist 78, 502 (1990).

G. J. Feldman and J. Steinberger, "The Number of Families of Matter," Scientific American 264, (2) 70 (February 1991).

John Huth, "The Search for the Top Quark," American Scientist 80, 430 (1992).

H. Breuker, H. Drevermann, C. Grab, A. A. Rademakers, and H. Stone, "Tracking and Imaging Elementary Particles," Scientific American 265 (2) 58 (August 1991).

A. M. Litke and A. S. Schwarz, "The Silicon Microstrip Detector," Scientific American 272 (5) 76 (May 1995).