Review by Ron Cowen
Understanding the intricacies of subatomic physics isn’t easy, but in this book the concepts literally leap off the page. The pop-up story about the world’s largest atom smasher, the Large Hadron Collider, provides a 3-D tour of the 27-kilometer underground racetrack for colliding protons that straddles the countryside between France and Switzerland.
Author Emma Sanders and paper engineer Anton Radevsky worked with scientists from the ATLAS experiment, one of the four main sets of detectors at the collider, to produce the text and illustrations for the book. Sanders’ descriptions of the cavernous particle accelerator, the different types of detectors used by ATLAS to find subatomic particles and the superconducting magnets that make the proton collisions pos