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06.10.2011

 

LHC - the world exclusive book on the world machine, an Edition Lammerhuber highlight at Frankfurt's Book Fair

Large Hadron Collider is the name of the machine, which will enable scientists to peer at the beginnings of our universe; a gargantuan subterranean experiment of quantum physics, unfathomably precise, complex and vast.

CERN and Edition Lammerhuber transport a LHC Control room from Geneva to Frankfurt and it's via live-streaming that the visitors of this year's Frankfurt book fair will be able to observe expert scientists at work. Quantum physics in real time, straight from the CERN.

The book is presented as a piece of digital animation, accompanied by music composed by Ralph Schutty: 'Beautiful Music for a Beautiful Beast – Music for the Large Hadron Collider'.

Photographer Peter Ginter and multi-award winning author Franzobel sit down with Rolf-Dieter Heuer, the general director of CERN and discuss the largest and most complex machine in the world that has ever been perceived by the human mind, the 'world machine', the most exciting scientific adventure that mankind ever dared to endeavour.

Rolf-Dieter Heuer precedes his preface in the book with a rather fitting quote by Johann Wolfang Goethe.

What do we know of reality? Is it all just a façade? A coloured veil? What constructions lurk behind the curtains of our existence, wire-frames, hard disks, atomic connections?

Someone asked why he would paint in such an abstruse style, why he would portray people with three eyes and two noses. To affirm this question, the stranger showed Picasso a photograph of his wife. Picasso on the other hand replied that he is puzzled on how such a lovely man could end up with a strange woman like that, as small as a garlic clove, black & white, flat as a salad leaf and without an abdomen?

The reality is much more than we are able to experience with our small consciousness, an infinite universe with borders is just as unfathomable as the big bang. Yet, art seeks to extend the consciousness, create space for new dimensions, those of which that are still being explored by scientists.

Paul Klee put it this way: Art does not reflect and reproduce the visible, but makes things visible in the first place. In science, especially the basic research disciplines, the case is the same: It goes beyond the visible spheres of existence.

Sometimes, it's the very visions of science that open up new forms of expressions for the arts and then again, it might be the other way around. In any case, both disciplines, art as much as science, follow similar visions. Both leave the beaten paths of cognition and experience behind, and by means of intention and creativity, they discover the undiscovered. Both risk delving into the unknown to discover shortcuts or Terra nova.

Both have a hard time, as they question the well-tried and familiar, turning it upside down. But art and science both contribute to the progress of mankind as a whole.

The book attempts to walk the fine line between both disciplines. One the one hand, it tries to warm the reader up to the wonderful world of quantum physics and familiarises them with LHC. On the other hand, it is definitely a work of art. It is both a photographic documentation of one of the most fascinating machines in the world, but also a literal approximation towards the crucial questions of our time.

Peter Ginter has been interpreting the LHC through photography for fifteen years and creates an impressive ode to science with his pictures. The author Franzobel translated LHC into language and Barbara Warmbein, one of CERN's press office executives, contributed the captions. It has to be said, that this project could not have been realised without the help of countless employees and staff at CERN.

“All in all, this unique book is nothing but what you, cherished reader, make of it. It might fascinate you, inspire, amuse or even cause a big bang in your mind.”, explains Rolf-Dieter Heuer.

The LHC book by the Edition Lammerhuber has been produced in scientific, editorial and artistic cooperation with CERN and UNESCO.

LHC
Peter Ginter, Rolf-Dieter Heuer, Franzobel
German | English | French
29 x 31 cm, 264 Pages, 142 large-format pictures
Hardcover bound in a slip case
ISBN: 978-3-901753-28-2
EUR 64,- SFR 79,-

Available from www.edition.lammerhuber.at and in book stores

EDITION LAMMERHUBER : LHC - Large Hadron Collider

EDITION LAMMERHUBER : LHC - Large Hadron Collider

EDITION LAMMERHUBER : LHC - Large Hadron Collider

EDITION LAMMERHUBER : LHC - Large Hadron Collider

EDITION LAMMERHUBER : LHC - Large Hadron Collider

EDITION LAMMERHUBER : LHC - Large Hadron Collider

EDITION LAMMERHUBER : LHC - Large Hadron Collider

EDITION LAMMERHUBER : LHC - Large Hadron Collider

EDITION LAMMERHUBER : LHC - Large Hadron Collider

EDITION LAMMERHUBER : LHC - Large Hadron Collider

EDITION LAMMERHUBER : LHC - Large Hadron Collider

EDITION LAMMERHUBER : LHC - Large Hadron Collider

EDITION LAMMERHUBER : LHC - Large Hadron Collider

EDITION LAMMERHUBER : LHC - Large Hadron Collider

EDITION LAMMERHUBER : LHC - Large Hadron Collider

EDITION LAMMERHUBER : LHC - Large Hadron Collider

EDITION LAMMERHUBER : LHC - Large Hadron Collider

EDITION LAMMERHUBER : LHC - Large Hadron Collider

EDITION LAMMERHUBER : LHC - Large Hadron Collider

EDITION LAMMERHUBER : LHC - Large Hadron Collider

EDITION LAMMERHUBER : LHC - Large Hadron Collider

EDITION LAMMERHUBER : LHC - Large Hadron Collider

EDITION LAMMERHUBER : LHC - Large Hadron Collider

EDITION LAMMERHUBER : LHC - Large Hadron Collider

EDITION LAMMERHUBER : LHC - Large Hadron Collider

EDITION LAMMERHUBER : LHC - Large Hadron Collider

EDITION LAMMERHUBER : LHC - Large Hadron Collider

EDITION LAMMERHUBER : LHC - Large Hadron Collider

EDITION LAMMERHUBER : LHC - Large Hadron Collider

EDITION LAMMERHUBER : LHC - Large Hadron Collider