Carrigan, Richard A., and W. Peter Trower, Readings from Scientific American: Particles and Forces at the Heart of the Matter, W. H. Freeman and Co., New York, 1990. As the editors write in the preface of this book, its individual articles are suitable for interested high school students. Teachers should definitely read this. Some of the articles are worth a second read.
Estimated cost: $12
Lederman, Leon M., The God Particle, Houghton Mifflin Co., New York, 1993. This book provides excellent background for a teacher who wants to explain the goals of experimental particle physics and its place in modern science.
Estimated cost: $15
Schwarz, Cindy, A Tour of the Subatomic Zoo: A Guide to Particle Physics, New York: American Institute of Physics, 1994. This is a good workbook on the basics of particle physics and conservation laws. It can serve as a source of additional skills for students to master.
Estimated cost: $15
Trigg, George L., Landmark Experiments in Twentieth Century Physics, New York: Dover Publications, Inc., 1995. There are short chapters on the experimental basis of parity violation, neutrino detection, and symmetry in the quark model.
Estimated cost: $10
Beiser, Arthur, Concepts of Modern Physics, Fifth Edition, New York: McGraw-Hill, Inc., 1995. This college-level text is a good source for elementary exercises, short essays, and biographies in the fields of relativity and particle physics.
Estimated Cost: $70
Coughlan, G. D. and J. E. Dodd, The Ideas of Particle Physics: An Introduction for Scientists, New York: American Institute of Physics, 1992. As the title of this book suggests, it would be a very interesting study for persons who have already earned an undergraduate degree in science or engineering. Science teachers should go through it for the sake of strengthening their background knowledge in the subject.
Estimated cost: $30
Griffiths, David, Introduction to Elementary Particles, New York: John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 1987. If you want to take the leap and start learning theoretical particle physics, and if you have already had undergraduate courses in classical mechanics, electromagnetism, and quantum mechanics, then this book is the best way to start; short of going to graduate school. If you don't have the math skills to get through the exercises in the book, you can still read the English parts profitably. It is well written.
Estimated cost: Unknown; look in a college library or in a used-book shop; spend < $30
Kenyon, I. R., Elementary Particle Physics, New York: Methuen, Inc., 1987. This book could serve as a supplement to a full-blown course in particle physics. By itself, it is a short, informative read if you skip the math.
Estimated cost: Unknown; look in a college library or in a used-book shop; spend < $20
Serway, Raymond A. et al., Modern Physics, Second Edition, Philadelphia: Harcourt Brace & Company, 1997. This book is a college text that teachers may find helpful in their own preparation. The "Relativity" chapter has some interesting exercises in experimental particle physics that illustrate the usefulness of special relativity. The "Particle Physics and Cosmology" chapter supplies the teacher with enough concepts, examples, and problems to make for confident preparation. The final chapter has an extra, 11-page essay about the discovery of the top quark at CDF.
Estimated cost: $80
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