“Readers unfamiliar with the intellectual audacity of modern physicists will find this novel a better introduction than most popular science books on the subject. What is surprising is that Mr. Preuss, without scanting on the scientific details, keeps the focus firmly on the people involved…. Mr. Preuss embeds his hard-driving narrative in a reality that is more satisfying (if not necessarily more substantial) than the ‘fundamental’ particles and forces of modern physics.”
— Gerald Jonas, The New York Times Book Review
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Broken Symmetries introduces Anne-Marie Brand, a photographer, and Peter Slater, a theoretical physicist, as it follows the discovery of a new kind of fundamental particle at TERAC, a joint U.S.-Japanese high-energy accelerator on Oahu. The volatile potential of the discovery must somehow be contained.