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The Higgs Fake

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The book is a merciless critique of the Large Hadron Collider at CERN and of the theoretical model on which the world's most expensive experiment is based. Unzicker, a German physicist and award-winning science writer, argues that the greatest physicists such as Einstein, Dirac or Schrödinger would have considered the 'discovery' of the Higgs particle ridiculous. According to the author, the standard model has grown unbelievably complicated and doesn't solve any of the great riddles of physics. Moreover, with their increasingly intricate techniques, particle physicists are fooling themselves with alleged results, while their convictions are based on group-think and parroting. Altogether, the data analysis cannot be overseen by anybody.

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Particle physicists ... will hate this book. It is based on logic, history, and socio-economic analysis as well as a superb analysis of the evolution of concepts underlying the Standard Model. extremely important and entertaining work... Everyone considering a career in physics, and especially particle physics, should read Alexander Unzicker's expose.

Unzicker unveils the big problem with high-energy physicists: instead of making things simpler, they tangle a web much more convoluted than the phenomenon they want to explain.

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The assertion that "science means, after all, not being a sucker" is well worth taking to heart. --

"Unzicker's arguments are well-grounded, sound, [and] informed." -- Scientific American (German edition)

"A broad dismissal of modern theoretical physicists ... Unzicker also targets the massive expenditures of funds on high-energy particle accelerators." Kirkus Reviews

"Unzicker dares to think outside the mainstream. Readers will find a refreshing and provoking book that pushes the physics community to refocus how it conducts science." --Hans Volker Klapdor-Kleingrothaus, University of Heidelberg

"A major contribution to physics... Unzicker is pointing out that the emperor is naked... The establishment scientists will curse and moan." --Edwin E Klingman, author, former NASA Research Physicist

"Timely needed revision of contemporary physics´ idiocies." --Prof. Antonio Ruiz de Elvira, University of Alcalá de Henares

"A vehement pleading for physics as a natural science, in its best tradition..... highly provoking. However... should set every fair reader thinking." Wener Kleinert in Zentralblatt MATH (german edition).

"A passionate and profound search for scientific truth. Unzicker's questions to particle physicists at CERN are justified." PD Peter Thirolf, Nuclear physicist at Munich University.

"You have done a service to the public by giving these doubts out into open." Philip Mereton.

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