CERN - Large Hadron Collider - Particle Physics - A Giant Takes On Physics' Biggest Questions - NYTi

CERN - Large Hadron Collider - Particle Physics - A Giant Takes On Physics' Biggest Questions - NYTi

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Advertise on NYTimes.com Search All NYTimes.com Science WORLD U.S. N.Y. / REGION BUSINESS TECHNOLOGY SCIENCE HEALTH SPORTS OPINION ARTS STYLE TRAVEL JOBS REAL ESTATE AUTOS ENVIRONMENT SPACE & COSMOS Multimedia Cameras for Capturing Primordial Fire The Large Hadron Collider A Giant Takes On Physics’ Biggest Questions Valerio Mezzanotti for The New York Times At Cern, the Large Hadron Collider could recreate conditions that last prevailed when the universe was less than a trillionth of a second old. Above is one of the collider's massive particle detectors, called the Compact Muon Solenoid. More Photos > By DENNIS OVERBYE Published: May 15, 2007 Correction Appended 300 FEET BELOW MEYRIN, Switzerland — The first thing that gets you is the noise. Physics, after all, is supposed to be a cerebral pursuit. But this cavern almost measureless to the eye, stuffed as it is with an Eiffel Tower’s worth of metal, eight-story wheels of gold fan-shape boxes, thousands of miles of wire and fat ductlike coils, echoes with the shriek of power tools, the whine of pumps and cranes, beeps and clanks from wrenches, hammers, screwdrivers and the occasional falling bolt. It seems no place for the studious. The physicists, wearing hardhats, kneepads and safety harnesses, are scrambling like Spiderman over this assembly, appropriately named Atlas, ducking under waterfalls of cables and tubes and crawling into hidden room-size cavities stuffed with electronics. They are getting ready to see the universe born again. Again and again and again — 30 million times a second, Advertise on NYTimes.com Go to Complete List » More Articles in Science » Sign up for a roundup of the day's top stories, sent every Today's Headlines Daily E-Mail Ads by Google what's this? Penny Auction Site Save Up To 90% On A Tablet Device - Win The PDA You Want For Pennies. BidMaxi.com/Auction/Tablets Epson WorkForce® Pro World's Fastest 2-sided Printer Explore Epson's new WorkForce Pro. Epson.com/Workforce Ken Garff Honda Riverdale 2012 Civic- $179/month Lease! 2012 Accord- $199/month Lease KenGarffHondaRiverdale.com Ken Garff Nissan Downtown 2012 Altima- Just $179 A Month! Best Deals, Biggest Selection KenGarffNissanSLC.com What is Quantum Jumping? Discover Why Thousands of People are "Jumping" to Change Their Life www.QuantumJumping.com Terrifying Brain Secret You must see this terrifying brain secret before it's too late...
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