50 Books Challenge 2015 starts “Large”

One of the first books of this year’s 50 Books Challenge was about the biggest machine build by man:
The Large Hadron Collider (LHC)

The book is a photographic journey through the vaults of CERN with its many projects about particles, as well as a small collection of superlatively large facts, figures, and photos. Its large hardcover caught my eye because it was sticking out of the book shelves in the library due to its sheer size. The actual trigger to read the book hit me when flipping up the cover and reading the quote by one of my favourite scientists in the coverpage:

“Science … is like sex:sometimes something useful comes out, but that is not the reason we are doing it.” – Richard P. Feynman

The book itself contains insight footage on the diverse machines, or to be more precise machine parts (because most of the machines are too large to have them on a single shots), some interviews with scientists/researcher at CERN, and tidbits/facts about the projects and their footprints. For example, the data about LHC events reported by the sensors is 1 PB – each second (!). Of course, only a fraction of the data is processed at all.

http://home.web.cern.ch/about/computing

http://www.lhc-facts.ch/index.php?page=datenverarbeitung

Another book about LARGE but as well small stuff around the world was “Extremwelten”.

Picosecond
0,000 000 000 001 s

Speaking of large and enourmous quantities:
Due to a huge/voluminous novel that I’ve read in the last weeks, I am a bit behind schedule in the book challenge.
Still it is unclear why I was so curious about that particular novel: Under the Dome – Stephen King
I was never a fan of the genre, never had a big interest in the novels/stories. As a teenager, I read a few of his short stories and occasionally two or three novels. The adaptions of “The Shining” and “Running Man” were good – that’s it.
The setting or basic plot of “Under the Dome” might be the reason why this novel caught my attention: A small town is suddenly trapped under a mysterious and unpenetrateable force field.

After reading the first few pages, I had a flashback and recognised why I am not so fond of Stephen King: the American Way of Life
All in all, an interesting read, every other evening I could read about a few brutal deaths while feasting on my dinner veggies…
the ending .. well.
and yes, go large or go home. This book is the third longest novel by King: roughly 1270+ pages (the German edition that I have read)

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