Large Had­ron Col­lider has started

This music video is called Large Hadron Rap.

From World Science:

“Historic” collider operation begins

Sept. 10, 2008

Courtesy CERN and World Science staff

The first beam of subatomic particles in the world’s new­est and larg­est par­t­i­cle col­lider went around the full 27 kilo­me­tres (17 miles) of the ma­chine’s length this morn­ing, sci­en­tists an­nounced.

“This his­tor­ic event marks a key mo­ment in the tran­si­tion from over two dec­ades of prepara­t­ion to a new era of sci­en­tif­ic disco­very,” said an an­nounce­ment from CER­N, the Eu­ro­pe­an Or­gan­iz­a­tion for Nu­clear Re­search based in Ge­ne­va.

“We can now look for­ward to a new era of un­der­stand­ing about the ori­gins and ev­o­lu­tion of the uni­ver­se,” said Lyn Ev­ans, proj­ect lead­er for the par­t­i­cle smash­er, known as the Large Had­ron Col­lider.

Col­liders, al­so known as ac­cel­erators, are de­signed to crash sub­a­tom­ic par­t­i­cles to­geth­er to find out what lies with­in them.

See also here.

Update: Hadron Collider halted for months.

The biggest, most expensive physics machine in the world is riddled with thousands of bad electrical connections: here.

22 February 2010: This month marks the resumption of operations at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), the huge new experimental device operated by the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) in Switzerland. The largest and costliest apparatus ever built to conduct physical research, the LHC was shut down for repairs for a year after an accident: here.

Frank Wilczek’s book, The Lightness of Being: Mass, Ether, and the Unification of Forces can be recommended as an attempt to explain to a lay person the implications of more than 50 years of particle physics. Wilczek is a Nobel Prize-winning theoretical physicist: here.

Update April 2010: here.

Update May 2010: here.

4 thoughts on “Large Had­ron Col­lider has started

  1. Big Bang mystery could be revealed

    Beijing: The world’s largest atom smasher has thrown together minuscule particles conditions simulating those just after the Big Bang, kick-starting a megabillion-dollar experiment that may explain how the universe began.

    European Organisation for Nuclear Research scientists cheered Tuesday’s historic crash of two proton beams, which produced three times more energy than researchers had created before and marked a milestone for the $10 billion (£6bn) Large Hadron Collider, which is based at a facility outside Geneva.

    Physicist Michio Kaku said: “This is a huge step towards what happened in the beginning.”


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