Saturday, April 08, 2017

Large Hadron Collider

Went to Queensland Museum to see its exhibition 'Hadron Collider: Step Inside the World's Greatest Experiment'. The exhibition offers visitors a look inside the particle physics lab at the European Organisation for Nuclear Research (CERN). The world's largest particle acclerator sits in a tunnel beneath the borders of France and Switzerland.

The exhibition space is set up like the tunnel into the depths of CERN. Lots of graph charts, mind maps, and also stories of the scientists who work there. It was an engaging stroll. We like this kind of physics stuff when we don't have to sit for exams about it. Those torturous Further Mathematics (a.k.a. 'F Maths' circa 1996) series and sequences and hyperbolic functions have been unfortunately retained in our heads. :P

In 2012, CERN found the supposed missing piece of the jigsaw in the world of subatomic particles in the Higgs boson. Now, what can the Large Hadron Collider give us? I'm almost thrilled to think about it. Imagine, dark matter and the hypothetic dark energy and its density. It would be the only explanations to velocity dispersions. The exciting unknown. Uhh no, not the kind Marvel and DC mean, although it's sorta fun thinking about it. Let's stick to CERN and NASA's definitions.


muchadoabouteating said...

Went when they came to our ArtScience last year! Too mind boggling to me :p

imp said...

i missed it at ours! so was happy to walk through this one.

heh! you probably didn't want to be reminded of school and all that.