The CERN research center and its particle accelerator are world-famous. Here, scientists look for answers to humankind’s big questions. Now, a book of vivid photographs by the Swiss photographer Andri Pol, Inside CERN, allows readers to witness events that actually occur. Editor and publisher Lars Müller explains that the idea behind the title was to present scientific sites that are normally hidden to public view.
This led to a book, which, like an ethnological study, provides insights into the microcosm of the international research community at CERN. With a discerning sense for situations and details, Pol allows readers to experience the special atmosphere of the place. One can see that com- plex, significant things are dealt with, that procedures are elaborate, discussions intense—and yet Pol always manages to reveal, in subtle ways, the humorous, creative, and human moments.