Young books grow up so fast these days, don’t they? It seems like just last November that The Particle at the End of the Universe was born, kicking and screaming. And now it’s all grown up, and there is already a paperback edition. What’s a concerned parent to do? (Now I know how Billy Ray Cyrus must feel.)
I should point out that, not only is the paperback less expensive than the hardcover (and therefore very easy to give as a present or even hand out to strangers whose day you’d like to brighten), there is also a new afterword. Among other things, it mentions the possibility of a phase transition and the end of the universe as we know it. And I corrected the picture of particles moving in a magnetic field, which got the right-hand rule wrong in the first printing. Science is hard!
The response to the book has been enormously gratifying. It got good reviews, was on a couple best-of-2012 lists, and has been longlisted/shortlisted for some prizes. Not bad for an atheist-liberal-cultist screed.