Sean Carroll

The Particle at the End of the Universe

Winner, Royal Society Winton Prize for Science Books 2013

Sean Carroll and Dara O'Briain Sean Carroll, with Dara O Briain who hosted the award ceremony

Award-winning physicist and science populariser Sean Carroll reveals the history-making forces of insight, rivalry, and wonder that fuelled the Higgs search and how its discovery opens a door into the mind-boggling domain of dark matter and other phenomena we never predicted.

Sean Carroll said: ‘I feel enormous gratitude towards the thousands of physicists at the Large Hadron Collider and the millions of people who express their love for science everyday!’

Judges' comments

Professor Uta Frith DBE FBA FRS, Chair of the judges, said: ‘The decision to award Sean Carroll’s The Particle at the End of the Universe this year’s prize was unanimous! It is an exceptional example of the genre and a real rock star of a book. Though it's a topic that has been tackled many times before, Carroll writes with an energy that propels readers along and fills them with his own passion. He understands their minds and anticipates their questions. There’s no doubt that this is an important, enduring piece of literature.’


Royal Society Winton Prize for Science Books

Royal Society Prize for Science Books

Aventis Prize for Science Books

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