Smash! Exploring the Mysteries of the Universe with the Large Hadron Collider


What is the universe made of? At CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research, scientists have searched for answers to this question using the largest machine in the world: the Large Hadron Collider. It speeds up tiny particles, then smashes them together—and the collision gives researchers a look at the building blocks of the universe.

Nick and Sophie, two cousins, are about to visit CERN for a tour of the mysteries of the cosmos. Sophie's a physics wiz. Nick, not so much. But by the time they're through, Nick and Sophie will both feel the power of hidden particles, fundamental forces, dark matter, and more. It's all a blast in this mind-blowing graphic novel! 

Illustrated by Jeff Weigel.

Graphic Universe (Lerner Publishing Group), 2017

"Two young visitors take simultaneous tours of the world of subatomic particles and of the largest scientific instrument ever built…. Big tech at its biggest; weird science at its weirdest: readers will echo Sophie’s “It’s amazeballs!” — Kirkus Reviews 

"You will find this a fantastic, entertaining, enlightening read about CERN and particle physics. This is a fun and inspiring graphic novel for students and teachers alike to explore at so many levels of understanding.” —NSTA Recommends

"Latta and Weigel succeed in breaking down major physics themes into bite-sized pieces, making this a great entry into complex concepts. . . . [H]ighly recommended for science classes or school collections.”—VOYA

"[A]n engaging introduction to particle physics, the Big Bang, dark matter, and more."—Publishers Weekly

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