Smashing Physics

RS Winton Prize 2015 shortlist logoSmashing Physics is published by Hachette and is available here and at all good bookshops. Here is a collection of reviews.Top-10-Book-2014-200x200

Here’s a video of the launch event at the Royal Institution, introduced and chaired by Brian Cox. An extract (from the US edition, Most Wanted Particle) was published in American Scientist.

Occasionally I get background comments, pictures or questions about things in the book. Also there are a few mistakes of course. Where these are interesting or factual (rather than obvious typos), I’ve added them to the pages below.

If you spot others please let me know (J.Butterworth at  or @jonmbutterworth


The book has been released from Kindle, and by Audible as an audio book. A US/Canada/Phillipines edition by The Experiment is called “Most Wanted Particle“. It was translated into German by Franckh-Kosmos Verlag, as “Der Kosmos im Crashtest”. Simplified and complex Chinese translations are also available.