Herman Wouk was born in 1915 and published his first novel in
1947. Since then he has published at least 20 books including
'The Caine Mutiny'
which won a Pulitzer in 1951 and 'The Winds of
in 1971. This is his first book in 10 years - and as one
reviewer says, he writes like a man half his age.
Publishers Weekly says 'the plot is busy but secondary to Carpenter's
banter and romantic escapades. Occasionally corny but also playful,
thoughtful and passionate....will charm fans with its companionable warmth
and wry humor.'
The hole in Texas referred to in the title is the real-life multiple
billion dollar underground 50-mile Superconducting Super Collider (try
saying that after a couple of drinks) which was...
Beyond the Book
The Higgs particle
was first hypothesized by the Scottish scientist Peter Higgs in
1964. After taking a weekend walk in the Cairngorm Mountains
he returned to his laboratory in Edinburgh on Monday and
declared to his colleagues that he had just experienced his 'one big
idea' and now had an answer to the mystery of how matter in
the universe got its mass. Since then a few billion dollars have
been poured into the quest to find the 'Higgs boson' - which, if it
exists, has such a central role in defining the universe that it's
also known as the God Particle.
You can find out more about the...