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    Hey guys, i'm going to CERN next year with my physics class. However, i find the trip will be sort of wasted if i have no clue or only a As level understanding of atomic physics. Anyone mind suggesting me some reading material? From the beginning of basics to relatively high understanding of atoms. Thanks


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    I'd love to visit CERN sometime. Very cool that you get to go.

    There are a myriad of books available regarding the study of the branches of physics. There are books like Facts and Mysteries in Elementary Particle Physics by Veltman. It's a sort of laid back approach to physics. As much a history lesson as anything else. There are always the classics like Frank Close's Cosmic Onion (don't remember the full title).


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    Yeah, hopefully it's gonna be fun. Sort of feels undeserving for the likes of myself, as people like yourself who have a much higher understanding of what goes on there, aren't going instead of me. Thanks for the references, i'll get to looking them up tonight. Hopefully i can learn on a basic enough level what they're doing there, to fully appreciate the trip and their work ^^
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    Don't put me on a plinth. My contributions to the physics forum are null. I'm more chemistry/biology. Those physics people, what with all their numbers and squiggly things that look like numbers but aren't really numbers...they're way smarter than me. One of them may chime in with a better read, but those are the two books that I remember that weren't text books.
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    Hahaha, Chemistry and Physics will never get a long. I only just learned in chemistry today, that it took years for both sides to decide on Carbon-12 as relative mass. What's wrong with Hydrogen? Guess it's probably something to do with things that'll make my head implode. I love the argument that chemists and physicists have going on, about preservation of mass. As my physics teacher said "Put a chemist infront of an nuclear explosion and let them hope they're right" . Biology to me is the one that makes no sense. Ah well, picked all 3 sciences for As level ^^
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    For me, the connection between biology and chemistry is very natural and "clicks" with me (for lack of a better word). I feel like it's the area where I personally can do the most good.

    When it comes to physics and the higher maths (I can do algebra and calc required for my equations) it just becomes overwhelming. Still, I want to visit CERN because of that fact. I don't understand that stuff. It's outside my capacity. Basically, to me, it's all a magic show. Have a great time!
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