Particle physics pop-up book


Voyage to the Heart of Matter explains the Big Bang (seen in all its pop-uppy magnificence above) and the Large Hadron Collider in glorious 3-D paper cutout. If you're in the NYC area, you can learn more about the LHC in even more glorious Alan Alda-vision at a New York Academy of Sciences panel tomorrow night that will pair CERN scientists with Dr. Hawkeye Pierce. Awesomeness ensues.

Thanks, David Nemeth!


  1. I got really excited and was going to buy this for my nephew until I looked at the product.

    If you look at the youtube video demonstration for the book you see it’s only 4 pages, and looks like very poor construction. Even in the video she has trouble getting it to stay together.

    The book is not really about particle physics it’s about the Hadron collider.

    To sum up short shoddily constructed book that’s not really about particle physics.

  2. I have this book and it was even better than expected. I wasn’t sure about the price either, buying sight unseen, but really happy I did.


  3. I reviewed this book along with Collider by Paul Halpern here
    (about 4 minutes in). The book was a bit unwieldy, and requires decent concentration to get the most out of it. A child would need to be quite motivated and fascinated to appreciate it, although the image shown above is proper pop-up! It was an ambitious project for sure!

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