Friday, April 07, 2017
Book review reviewed: “The Particle Zoo” by Gavin Hesketh
By Gavin Hesketh
Quercus (15 Jun. 2017)
A few weeks ago, I reviewed Gavin Hesketh’s book The Particle Zoo. I found his introduction to quantum field theory very well done. Considering that he can’t rely on equations, Hesketh gets across a lot of details (notably, what Feynman diagrams do and don’t depict).
However, I was quite unhappy with various inaccuracies in the book, particularly concerning the search for physics beyond the standard model.
But then something amazing happened! Hesketh sent me an email a few days ago, saying he read my review and revised the manuscript for the paperback edition to address the criticism. While the changes between the two editions will not be large, it usually doesn’t take more than a sentence or two to add some context or a word of caution. And so, I’m happy to endorse the paperback edition of The Particle Zoo which (according to amazon) will appear on June 15th.