Saturday, September 13, 2008

Super Collide

This blog began on the day the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) was turned on and takes its name from that grand experiment. The LHC, built by the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) in a 17 mile tunnel underneath France and Switzerland, is the largest, most expensive, most ambitious experiment in scientific history. It promises to unlock long-standing secrets of the universe. Suggestive of the enormous scale and imagination of this undertaking is that the analytical computing network devoloped by CERN in part for the LHC later became the world wide web. The LHC represents a great triumph of human imagination and cooperation in the battle with ignorance. In that spirit we initiated this humble record, to mitigate the authors' ignorance and offer small inspirations for each other and likely a small number of our friends.