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Agent Announcement – Signed with Eve White

Agent Announcement – Signed with Eve White

“Happiness is mostly a by-product of doing what makes us feel fulfilled.” 
– Dr Benjamin Spock
It’s with real pleasure that I can announce I’ve just signed with the agent Eve White, who’ll now be representing me. After just the tiniest bit of encouragement from my friends, it’s been very much a champagne sort of day!
I’d also like to take this opportunity to thank the very talented Cornerstones team that I’ve been working with. Special heartfelt thanks must go to Kathryn Price, the senior editor there who’s been inspirational to work with. I am so going to miss you guys! If you're a budding new author I can't recommend this team highly enough.

Here’s to the future and I'm really looking forward to working with Eve and her team. I have a feeling that 2012 is going to be a great year! 
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Higgs Boson – The Treacle of the Universe

Higgs Boson – The Treacle of the Universe

“The capacity to be puzzled is the premise of all creation, be it in art or in science.”
– Eric Fromm
One second after the big bang a particle was created and has been playing a game of hide and seek ever since. The reason we know it should exist is that there’s a piece missing from our jigsaw for the Standard Model of physics – the Higgs boson particle. Now a lot of people are very fond of our Standard Model and a jigsaw just doesn’t look complete if there’s a big glaring hole in it. So ever since the idea was first suggested, the search has been on for the elusive God Particle
The theory, which has been around for fifty years, states that moments after the big bang the Higgs boson field and its associated particle were created, but until now we’ve found no direct evidence. That’s all changed in 2011 when news from the Large Hadrian Collider (LHC), where we can recreate those early conditions of our universe, hinted at its detection.
Without Higgs boson in the Standard Model there would be no life... symmetry would rule, a desire for order you see reflected in the perfect structures of snowflakes. But without something to give particles mass and slow them down, the Higgs boson field, our celestial treacle if you will, things would be very, very different. All particles would have flown apart at the speed of light from the big bang and without the clumping of interstellar gasses and the consequent formation of stars, then there would be no planets and certainly no life. This is the paradox at the heart of modern physics and is why so many scientists have been spent so much time and energy looking for it.

This year could be the most exciting moment in physics since Einstein revealed his theory of relativity. Certainly I’m sure for many of those involved in theoretical physics, they’ll remember exactly when they were if they hear the news confirming the existence of the Higgs boson particle later this year. 

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