Taking LaCost to CERN

Author Patrick Rizio reading LaCost at the CERN visitor center

The large hadron collider at CERN is the most sophisticated  machine ever built by us humans. It includes an underground tunnel ring that is 27 kilometers long, and at places 175 meters deep. It requires the effort of dozens of member states. It is the largest experimental facility ever built. It has the largest computing grid in the world — and counting. It includes the efforts of over 10,000 scientists worldwide. It accelerates protons to 99.999999% the speed of light before colliding them.  It recreates the conditions of our universe at it’s very beginning. We’ve come so far so fast, and learned so much!      Carl Sagan was right – We ARE a way for the cosmos to know itself.

Standing in front of the first accelerator at CERN. It is no longer in use. The new one is thousands of times more powerful.

Where will LaCost show up next?

 

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