Monday, September 8, 2008

Large Hadron Collider

Between preparing for for classes, canvasing and storm watching, its been hard to come by time for new posts.

With so many distressing things in the world--here's a reminder of what our strange and extraordinary species can do when wonder and intelligence make common cause. HERE is a link to Cosmic Variance on the Large Hadron Collider, where protons will be shot at near the speed of light around a 17 mile underground tunnel, forced into a collision in hopes that sensors may record (among other things) the brief and happy life of the elusive Higgs boson. The LHC is scheduled to be turned on Wednesday.

Scroll down (you'll have to go HOME first) for an awesome photo of one of the gigantic and unbelievably complex sensors.

By all means, view this History of CERN.

And for fun, if you haven't viewed it yet, Kate McAlpine's LHC rap HERE

The science, I'm told, is spot on!


  1. Thanks for pointing me to the video, sometimes I need my science like that.

  2. And you return the favor... science like that.

    Your social and incidental observations... what I try to get my students to get: it's all about attention. Paying attention. Taking it in.

    I have linked you as recommended reading/