This book provides a thorough conceptual explanation o of the Standard Model of Physics. Written in 2005, it predates the discovery of the Higgs boson, but it provides the background necessary to understand the significance of this discovery. Anyone who at one point understood highschool physics should also be able to understand this book.
The author is a teacher as well as a scientist. You can tell he has long experience explaning these concept to his students, and he knows which analogies work, and which ones don't. He goes into enough detail that its possible to actually understand all the concepts he introduces. When he can't explain something, he tells us straight out whether this is because this problem has not yet been resolved by science, whether it is fundamentally unknowable, or whether it requires a knowledge of math beyond the scope of the book.
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