Books Celebrating the Hadron Collider

The powerful collider at CERN broke world records for smashing together elementary particles at high levels of energy.  Several great doomsday books have been inspired in anticipation of this major event.

Dan Brown’s book, Angels and Demons, has a main character (Langdon) pondering antimatter, the big-bang theory, the cult of the Illuminati and a threat to the Vatican, among other things.

Douglas Preston’s new book, Blasphemy, features a collider experiment.

Then, there’s my favorite:

Robert Sawyer’s amazing novel, Flash Forward. He researched heavily before writing his story, which opens with a 4-page description of the collider. All the rest proceeds from there. ┬áThe novel has gone on to inspire a highly successful television series that is going into a new season.

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