Tuesday, 2 October 2007

It's very very very exciting

To go to CERN. They are going to find out what happens in the quark-gluon soup which existed a couple of nanoseconds after the big bang. I MET YVES SCHUTZ!

They are going to find out if the Higgs boson exists (they're really pissed off at people thinking it's just a giant Higgs finder, though. I think they secretly hope that they disprove the Higgs boson, because it would be so much more interesting). They are going to isolate the whole range of subatomic particles and keep an array of computers with umpteen petabyte capacity busy for 20 years.

They are going to see whether supersymmetry is a goer. I can't even begin to explain how exciting it all is. Believe me, it's the most fab thing ever. At the small level, they have cables which measure microns across. At the same time, here's what the big machines look like:

The blue bit is about 25ft high. The tiny thing at the bottom is a crane. A really big crane.