The Great Accelerator

The Great Accelerator

Paul Virilio

On 10 September 2008, amid a lot fanfare, the nice Collider run by means of CERN in Geneva was once grew to become on. The Collider was once purported to fireplace protons round a seventeen-mile loop of tunnels, inflicting them to crash into one one other at just about the rate of sunshine and holiday into even tinier debris. 9 days later the Collider broke down and needed to be switched off, the accelerator quickly silenced, the reckless seek for 'God's particle' wear carry.

At a similar time the speeded-up markets of worldwide finance, with displays of multi-coloured numbers designating the swift flows of capital, are unexpectedly thrown into confusion whilst information spreads that the nice Titan of Wall highway, Lehman Brothers, has filed for financial disaster. traders panic, proportion costs plunge and the speeded up markets of world finance grab up.

In his newest booklet, Paul Virilio - the major theorist of our obsession with know-how, pace and gear - rewrites 'The e-book of Exodus', yet the exodus he talks approximately is not any longer carried out in one dossier of humans headed for a few attainable Promised Land. it's a closed-circuit exodus inside a cramped international, the place relief in human shares will unexpectedly seem like the single method to the lockdown of history.

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