Magazine article The Spectator

Collision Course

Magazine article The Spectator

Collision Course

Article excerpt

I have a new party piece. I can explain, with a degree of clarity and precision, how the Hadron Collider at Cern works and what it is looking for. I can't claim credit for this feat of exposition myself; as any science teacher who had the misfortune to encounter me at school would testify. I owe everything to Collider: step inside the world's greatest experiment, an exhibition at the Science Museum (until 6 May 2014).

Collider shows how the content s of a cylinder of hydrogen and 27 kilometres of magnetic subterranean tubes are changing humanity's understanding of life, the universe and everything. Why is gravity so weak that even you or I can defy its laws with our puny muscles ? Are there more than three dimensions?

What 'exotic' phenomena are created when particles collide? …

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