A pop-up book about the Large Hadron Collider? Oh yes.
When we ran a shop at the Edinburgh Science Festival recently I was tasked with selecting the books we'd stock. There's a few obvious choices; everything written by any of the speakers for example, and the top 50 or so from our Pop-Sci section in the main shop, but the really fun bit of the job was picking the odd, quirky titles that somebody is bound to buy. Voyage To The Heart Of Matter was the first book on that list.
It's a bit of a niche title, only eight pages long (well, four really, given the nature of pop-up books), but it's a glorious piece of paper engineering. It covers every scale, from subatomic structure, through the ATLAS experiment with Brian Cox's "Regulation EU Scale Humans" to....well...everything. I kid you not, there's a beautifully rendered Big Bang complete with red-shifting galaxies.
It's been a little bit more popular than the publishers expected I think...it's currently out of print, but we're promised a new edition in June 2010. I know of at least one celebrity endorsement too....the copy we had at the Science Festival was bought by a very lovely kids science author called Lucy Hawking as a present for her dad, Stephen. That's really cool.
Take a look at it in all its glory at the ATLAS website - you can also pre-order the new edition here.
Voyage To The Heart Of Matter - The ATLAS Experiment at CERN
Anton Radevsky, Emma Sanders