Recommended Books About Particle Physics

1) *** “Understanding the Universe: from Quarks to the Cosmos” by Don Lincoln, 2004. This book does an excellent job of explaining how particle physicists know what it is that they know. Chapter 6 is devoted to Accelerators and Detectors.

2) **** "The Quantum World: Quantum Physics for Everyone" by Kenneth W. Ford, 2004. This book is great. It combines the ideas of quantum mechanics with the ideas in particle physics in a very clear, easy but thorough read.

3) *** "Quarks, Leptons and the Big Bang" by Jonathan Allday, 1999. The book does a very thorough job of developing the Standard Model. It gets really mathematical in parts, but you can skip those parts if you aren't interested and still appreciate the rest of the book.