Chris Morris visits the Large Hadron Collider

I CAN HAZ HIGGS BOSON?Hi there, gentle reader! There’s been toss-all of note here this last week except link-dumps, and for that I should apologise – frightfully busy at the moment, you know how it goes.

By way of apology, I offer unto you a piece at Teh Grauniad where Chris Morris reports on his visit to CERN’s Large Hadron Collider:

Then someone hits you with the seething vacuum. You think a vacuum is empty space. Quantum theory says yes – but it is also full of spontaneous eruptions of energy. This virtual energy comes from nowhere. It does and doesn’t exist. You can use the bit that does, so long as you pay it back. This beats sub-prime. A physicist called Polkinghorne says the quantum vacuum is the nearest analogy to God in the physical world. Then again, the physicist who is brainwashing me in the CMS says quantum theory is “probably bollocks”.

I can’t tell whether he thinks it’s awesome or silly or both. I think this is probably the effect he was aiming for. [LOL-collider courtesy willc2]

So – how’s the weather in your part of the world, hmm?

4 thoughts on “Chris Morris visits the Large Hadron Collider”

  1. It’s a bollocks piece. But CERN itself is one of the wonders of the world. It’s due to start up any minute now. if you get a chance to get down there before it does, for goodness sake go. I can’t begin to say how wonderful it is.

  2. ask them if you can have a squint. they love anyone who takes an interest, honestly. I’ll give you the press people’s details if you’re serious.

    you’d have to get to geneva under your own steam, though.

  3. Yeah, the PR office at CERN like doing stuff. They used to have folders of OHP slides that anyone could borrow just to give talks. Makes them look busy.

    You could get into the actual site probably just by wandering in, sometimes there used to be a bloke on the gate, sometimes not. Very French. However the office site is just like a big trading estate and a bit dull (although the 70s style canteens were retro cool). All entry down to the pits needed an access card. Although the reason given was to keep track of people in case of fire, not so much security. You used to be able to jump the barrier and follow a mate in if you forgot your card.

    Stuff, of course, may have changed in the last ten years.

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