A Hole in Texas

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A Hole in Texas
A Hole In Texas.jpg
First edition
Author Herman Wouk
Country United States
Language English
Publisher Little, Brown and Company
Publication date
April 14, 2004
Media type Print (hardcover)
Pages 288 pages
ISBN 0-316-52590-1
OCLC 53019565
813/.54 22
LC Class PS3545.O98 H65 2004

A Hole In Texas is a novel by Herman Wouk. Published in 2004, the book describes the adventures of a high-energy physicist following the surprise announcement that a Chinese physicist (with whom he had a long-ago romance) had discovered the long-sought Higgs boson.

Parts of the plot are based on the aborted Superconducting Super Collider project.

Published by Little, Brown and Company, ISBN 0-316-52590-1.

Literary significance and reception[edit]

Kirkus Reviews said that A Hole In Texas was "Ingenious. Absolutely ingenious."[1] Publishers Weekly called it "Occasionally corny but also playful, thoughtful and passionate".[2] The journal Science said that Wouk "accurately depicts science as an often interactive and collegial enterprise", and that the novel offers a "refreshing contrast with the treatments of mad scientists that are so abundant in literature and popular culture."[3] The review in Nature had some criticism, saying that the "scientific explanations are pat and usually come in the form of long e-mails that bog down the plot", that the discussions of the Chinese people "verge on racism", and that the book's ending "falls flat".[4]


  1. ^ "A HOLE IN TEXAS (Book)". Kirkus Reviews. 72 (4): 154. February 15, 2004. ISSN 0042-6598. 
  2. ^ "A HOLE IN TEXAS (Book)". Publishers Weekly. 251 (12): 60. March 22, 2004. ISSN 0000-0019. 
  3. ^ Pasachoff, Jay M (October 22, 2004). "Of Politics and Particle Physics". Science. 306 (5696): 615. ISSN 0036-8075. doi:10.1126/science.1106083. 
  4. ^ Brumfiel, Geoff (June 24, 2004). "Requiem for a supercollider". Nature. 429 (6994): 808–809. ISSN 0028-0836. doi:10.1038/429808a.