The Particle Adventure is an interactive introduction to the world of quarks, the Higgs boson, neutrinos, antimatter, the fundamental forces, extra dimensions, dark matter, accelerators and particle detectors.
Science is shown in action through topics such as "How Do We Know Any of This?" and "Unsolved Mysteries". One can skim through or take the time to dig into topics of special interest. The journey is filled with cartoons, animation, news of recent physics discoveries, quizzes, pop-up windows, and quotes.
While the content is guided by renowned physicists, the Particle Adventure has a look that reflects its student designers. There is student artwork and student humor. Indeed, a big part of the site's appeal is its reliance on humor, thanks to the talents of students.
This app was produced by the Particle Data Group at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. The PDG produces the Review of Particle Physics.
The Particle Adventure website (at http://ParticleAdventure.org) receives about 5 million hits a year. It has received awards/recognition from Scientific American, the American Association for the Advancement Science, the American Physical Society, the US Dept. of Energy, the Discovery Channel, Science Magazine, Education World, USA Today, New Scientist, the Exploratorium, National Academy Press, etc.
Bug fixes. Content updates.
Ratings and Reviews
Content good, some bugs
The content is good, though very basic. You start with the Ancient Greek world view and move in small steps through the standard model and more. It is very understandable, probably even to grade school children. However, there is content that will inform most adults with a college education — a hallmark of a good educational experience.
However, the app is not without its faults. If you touch the NSF logo, the app becomes a browser for the NSF website with no obvious way back, other than a hard restart of the phone. You need a way back or perhaps a simple jump into another browser, such as Safari. You might want to consider a Wikipedia jump for in-depth info on some topics which are interesting but peripheral to the discussion.
The app has many illustrations and allows them to be viewed full screen, a nice feature. However, the return to text button does not always work. Again, I needed a hard reset, then a search through the text to find my place. This is a deal-breaker for younger readers with shorter attention spans. For all, it distracts from the message, which is never good.
All these faults, however, are with implementation and not design. Once fixed, this should br a tremendously good app.
Reading about physics like this (sans-math and jargon) is a hobby of mine. A data scientist and analyst by trade, I love learning more about quantum mechanics vs relativity, string theory, and the like.
I'd put the simplicity of writing style and ease of comprehension for a layman in line Michio Kaku or Brian Cox/Jeff Forshaw's books. Really appreciate the format in an app like this.
Keep up the great work and please produce more apps!
Best and easiest way of learning particle Physics
Particle Adventure is amazing for anyone wanted to learn more about particle Physics, and concepts explored are adapted for any age. Out of any Physics learning websites (or apps) this is the best. If you like Physics, or even simply like the idea of Physics, you have to go on the Particle Adventure!
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.