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About the Author: Tom Whyntie

Tom Whyntie was born in 1983. This makes him slightly younger than the W and Z gauge bosons, the force-carrying particles of the weak nuclear force. (Well, technically these have existed in their current form since a microsecond or so after the Big Bang, but it's been thirty odd years since we discovered them.)

After reading Natural Sciences at Sidney Sussex College, University of Cambridge (specialising in Experimental and Theoretical Physics), Tom accepted a place at Imperial College London to complete a PhD with the High Energy Physics group. He was assigned to the ironically-named "Compact Muon Solenoid" (CMS) experiment, a 15,000 tonne, cathedral-sized digital camera buried in Cessy, France, that would take pictures of the high energy particle collisions that would take place at the Large Hadron Collider. His thesis focussed on the search for supersymmetry - a theory which provided candidate particles for Dark Matter, which supposedly makes up a missing 26% of the Universe - in the LHC's first data.

He didn't find it.

However, a null result is still a result - and in 2011 was awarded his PhD, after which he briefly worked as a post-doctoral researcher on the upgrade of the CMS silicon detector system. However, in early 2012 an opportunity arose that would allow him to combine his love of both doing physics and talking about physics. The CERN@school project takes cutting-edge particle detectors developed by CERN's Medipix Collaboration into the classroom to allow students and teachers to conduct their own, original physics research. In June 2012 Tom became the full-time scientist for the project, based at the Simon Langton Grammar School for Boys in Canterbury, Kent, and the Particle Physics Research Centre (PPRC) at Queen Mary, University of London.

Tom is a regularly speaks about particle physics at science festivals and events around the country, notably the Times Cheltenham Science Festival and the British Science Association's British Science Festival. With Dr Andrew Pontzen, a cosmologist at University College, London, he also contributes to the YouTube "HeadSqueeze" channel's SciGuides, presenting a light-hearted look at the great questions in experimental and theoretical physics.

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Paperback, Published in Feb 2014 by Icon Books

ISBN10: 1848315899 | ISBN13: 9781848315891

Page count: 192

What really happens at the most fundamental levels of nature?

Introducing Particle Physics explores the very frontiers of our knowledge, even showing how particle physicists are now using theory and experiment to probe our very concept of what is real.

From the earliest history of the atomic theory through to supersymmetry, micro-black holes, dark matter, the Higgs boson, and the possibly mythical graviton, practising physicist and CERN contributor Tom Whyntie gives us a mind-expanding tour of cutting-edge science.

Featuring brilliant illustrations from Oliver Pugh, Introducing Particle Physics is a unique tour through the most astonishing and challenging science being undertaken today.

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