Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Big Bang Day


Engineers at the CERN laboratory near Geneva are all fired up today (excuse the pun) waiting to see if beams will circulate without a hitch in a vacuum chamber which has taken 14 years to build. The Large Hadron Collider is the biggest machine ever built and designed to accelerate particles in order that scientists can investigate aspects of particle physics. The physicists' goals are mind-boggling. Discovering the Higgs boson, the particle that explains the origins of mass; explaining why the universe is made of matter not anti-matter; freeing the constituent parts of the particles that make up the nuclei of atoms; and possibly making ordinary matter and antimatter 'divorce' in a Big Bang.

2 comments:

The Odyssey 11 September, 2008 01:06  

Its a brilliant experiment and an honest one.
It makes me laugh, all these fears about black holes and new dimensions, if people knew the experiments that went on in black projects they would have real cause for concern.
Not sure about Higgs boson, all a bit theoretical for me, and i believe we are created.

Fiona 12 September, 2008 22:26  

I believe Professor Higgs is 80 this year so it would be good if they did find his boson and he could receive his Nobel Prize.

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