Baker & Taylor Physicist Guy Carpenter finds his peaceful life with a prestigious career at NASA turned upside down by a Chinese scientific discovery that raises serious questions about possible military implications, an old love affair, and national security.
Blackwell North Amer Guy Carpenter has a pretigious job at NASA, a devoted wife and new baby, and, aside from a troublemaking cat, a settled, quiet life. But things take an unexpected turn when this regular guy finds himself mixed up in an international scandal of enormous proportions. Years ago, Guy worked on the Superconducting Super Collider, a giant government project dedicated to detecting a tiny, elusive particle called the Higgs boson. Wrangling in Congress shut the project down before it could succeed, but now the Chinese claim to have found the boson. It is a discovery that sends the nation into a panic. How did the Chinese surpass American science? What about the horrific military implications of a Boson Bomb? Is it time to start casting Hollywood's first boson-based blockbuster? An expert is needed to assess the new threat to national security. Guy is propelled into the center of the media blitz, his old love with a Chinese female physicist surfaces, a new romance with a beautiful Congresswoman beckons, and the breakup of his happy marriage threatens. In the meantime, Congress holds urgent hearings, Hollywood comes courting, the CIA is investigating, and an unctuous reporter dogs his every step.
Baker & Taylor Physicist Guy Carpenter finds his peaceful life with a prestigious career at NASA, devoted wife, and new baby turned upside down by a Chinese scientific discovery, a study that could have been based on an old American scientific project, the Superconducting Super Collider, that raises serious questions about possible military implications, an old love affair, and national security. 175,000 first printing.