A visionary scientific account of the seven 'days' of creation, from a lead player in the hunt for the Higgs boson.
What if the ancient Greeks were right, and the universe really did spring into being out of chaos and the void? How could we know? And what must its first moments have been like?
To answer these questions, scientists are delving into all the hidden crevices of creation. Armed with giant telescopes and powerful particle accelerators, they probe the subtle mechanisms by which our familiar world came to be, and try to foretell the manner in which it will end.
The result of all this collective effort is a complex tale, stranger at times than even our most ancient creation myths. Yet its building blocks give us the power to work marvels our predecessors could scarcely comprehend. In Genesis, the CERN physicist and bestselling author Guido Tonelli does poetic justice to that great story, the accomplishment of countless minds working together across the ages.
Guido Tonelli played a key role in the discovery of the Higgs boson, also known as the 'God Particle', which earned Francois Englert and Peter Higgs the 2013 Nobel Prize in physics. For his contributions to science, Tonelli was awarded the Commendatore of the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic in 2012, the Enrico Fermi Prize from the Italian Physics Society, and the Special Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics. He is a professor of general physics at the University of Pisa and a visiting scientist at CERN. Genesis, which he started writing in order to share the wonder of our cosmic origin story with his non-scientist friends, was a bestseller on release in Italy.