Posts Tagged 'LHC'

Let this abomination unto the Lord commence!

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.

You can read more about the LHC’s first experiments from someone who knows his gluons from his gravitons at Cosmic Variance, or from the horses mouth at CERN.


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Michael Bok is a graduate student studying the visual system of mantis shrimp.

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