2015 Hardcover (ISBN 9781571463104)

2015 Hardcover (ISBN 9781571463104)

From the Great Wall to the Great Collider

China and the Quest to Uncover the Inner Workings of the Universe

Steve Nadis

Shing-Tung Yau

Published: 23 October 2015

Publisher: International Press of Boston, Inc.


214 pages

With 29 pages of color photographs.

List Price: $29.50

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Beautifully written … abstract physical principles are intertwined with pertinent stories of their discoveries, which makes reading the book an enjoyable, engaging experience.

Physics Today (April 2016)

In their exciting new book … Steve Nadis and Shing-Tung Yau brilliantly connect the dots between the Higgs discovery and China’s ongoing plans to build the world’s largest, most powerful particle accelerator… The book makes a great companion to popular physics titles like Stephen Hawking’s A Brief History of Time.

Foreword Reviews

This neat little book about the current plans for the Great Collider ... is skillfully written with scientific explanations that are detailed, yet not overly technical.

Sabine Hossenfelder

Research Fellow at the Frankfurt Institute for Advanced Studies (on the BackReaction physics blog, Jan. 13, 2016)

… [a] forcefully argued history-cum-manifesto …

Nature magazine (Dec. 10, 2015)

A very well-informed and topical book ... designed to make the case for a Chinese ‘Great Collider’ ... this book is the perfect place to read a serious account of what this proposal is and why it deserves to be taken seriously.

Peter Woit

Columbia University, “Not Even Wrong” blog (Nov. 30, 2015)

... explains the scientific issues at stake, discusses the history of particle physics, and tells the story of the birth and development of the Great Collider project.

CERN Courier "Bookshelf" (Nov. 13, 2015)

A compelling, and very timely, book.

David J. Eicher

Editor, Astronomy magazine

Building a large particle collider provides China a magnificent opportunity to take a lead role in exploring the most basic, unanswered questions in physics. This book, which makes the scientific and societal case for such a “Great Collider,” is a must-read for anyone interested in the quest to fathom the deep nature of physical reality.

David Gross

Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics (winner of the 2004 Nobel Prize in Physics)

Pushing back the frontiers of nature, and learning about the mysteries that await us at higher energies, is one of the great challenges of our time. In this fascinating book, Steve Nadis and Shing-Tung Yau show how China could lead the way towards meeting this challenge.

Edward Witten

Institute for Advanced Study (winner of the 2012 Fundamental Physics Prize)

An inherently fascinating read… A compellingly informed and informative presentation…From the Great Wall to the Great Collider is ideal for the non-specialist general reader…

Midwest Book Review v. 15, no. 11, Nov. 2015 (Reviewer's Bookwatch)

This is a great read—accessible to anyone interested in what could be the next big step forward in particle physics after the Higgs discovery.

Joseph Incandela

University of California, Santa Barbara (winner of the 2013 Special Fundamental Physics Prize and leader of one of the teams that discovered the Higgs boson)

A meditation on the mathematics and physics of discovering the elemental particles of the universe.

Harvard Magazine "Off the Shelf" (Jan.-Feb. 2016)

This engaging exposition of particle physics—past, present and future—offers readers a chance to learn about the ambitious plans for the world’s next great collider.

Juan Maldacena

Institute for Advanced Study (winner of the 2012 Fundamental Physics Prize)

A wonderful journey through the centuries old quest to find nature’s most fundamental ingredients.

Brian Greene

Columbia University (author of The Elegant Universe)

This beautiful book connects the long history of China’s culture to one of the most exciting adventures of modern science—and of the human mind.

Cumrun Vafa

Harvard University (winner of the 2008 Dirac Medal and 2014 Physics Frontiers Prize)

The book is quite readable and understandable by non‑experts, and if you are interested to see how a big project is conceived and starts, and to follow the first steps of what could be the biggest scientific endeavour of the 21st century, [this] book is one you should not miss.

Tommaso Dorigo

a CERN particle physicist based at the University of Padua (writing in the blog, “A Quantum Diaries Survivor”)