I have been writing a book on the history of the CDF experiment and the anomalies that we unearthed (and sometimes re-buried) in the course of thirty exciting and eventful years. The book is aimed at laypersons, and the level of the discussion of the physics is not different to the one within which I usually stay when I write about physics in this blog. Also, since I am well aware that reading physics is a very demanding task for outsiders, I am trying to not only discuss the physics, but also the sociology of life in a big (but not enormous like CMS and ATLAS) experiment.
The stories I tell are written to entertain the reader -or at least I try to do that. I have been interviewing my CDF colleagues to try and reconstruct anecdotes, incidents, funny exchanges. I often use the direct dialogue, when I believe I can manage to reconstruct the actual conversations that took place in the discussion of a physics result at a meeting, or during a coffee break in the CDF trailers.
Whether I will succeed in making this a fun book to read it's going to be seen. What is harder for me is to be as objective as possible when I discuss some controversial physics topics. That is also part of the reason why I have been talking to so many of my old colleagues - 45 of them so far, and counting.
So, there. If you are now asking yourself how can you help, there are two options. One is if you have been a member of CDF (or also D0 - in some cases the colleagues around the ring know stories that are quite tightly related to those that occurred in CDF and which I am dealing with); in that case you are very welcome if you provide me with anecdotes and material I might be unaware of. The other is if you know an agent in the US who could be interested to promote my book. I am not yet at the stage where I will actively look for agents, but I am getting close - the book is almost finished (well, it's been like that for a while now, but this time I mean it!).
And of course, if you are only an interested outsider, you can make a note to yourself to pre-order the book once the time comes!