Armageddon...or the Science of it...
So I know this is gonna sound like captain obvious but... I like the science behind this book, particularly the disasters etc. The part I liked is the LHC. I used to think that this thing would be the end of the world, but after further research it kind of excited me. The implications of it working..man think about it. It could be one of the new energy sources but, as the book so lovely put it, it takes more energy to create the energy that has less energy output. Of course there is always Cold Fusion ( probably impossible but a guy can dream can't he)
I liked the characterization of the science as childish because mashing two objects together to try to harness that energy does feel childish. But does not science have a childish nature to it, especially those sciences that explore and push the envelope. Science boils down to observation: I want to see what happens when I do A....I do A... B happens..lets see what happens when I do A with C.." etc.
What i would use this, the LHC, for social studies is perhaps linking it to other inventions and theories that worked, such as the light bulb, theory of relativity, harnessing nuclear power, the wheel, with things that have not, bad proto-airplanes, Florida State University etc.
We could link this to historical themes such as pushing the envelope vs not being risky, exploration comes to mind here, as well as themes of a hopeless dream , such as Byzantine Empire trying to retake italy or Japan trying to preserve it's isolation.