The Large Hadron Collider (LHC) has begun its service as humanities most ambitious science experiment; colliding two beams of protons at 7 TeV (seven trillion electron volts). I’m not sure what that means, but I have it on good authority that it is awesome.
Though the physics that this thing is supposed to sort out are completely over my head, I can’t help loving the epic scale and mad science on display in this behemoth. I imagine that if I visited one of the LHC’s detectors I would be unable to resist the temptation to throw my hands in the air and cackle like a madman.
Congrats to the brilliant physicists who have dedicated their lives to making the LHC a reality; all despite misinformed fear-mongering, mechanical complications, and bagel dropping avian saboteurs from the future.