Archive for Physics

The people behind the LHC [Colliding Particles]

Posted in Science with tags , , , on May 14, 2009 by The Quintessential Geek

Colliding ParticlesI believe that most people understand that the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) located at CERN, near Switzerland,  intends on smashing two particles traveling at high speeds, and analyzing the results of those collisions.  I also believe that most people understand the magnitude of such a project, such as the size of the collider itself (27 km of material spanning three countries, dug as deep as 175 meters underground).

So what about the people running the show ? As you can imagine, designing, planning, and successfully implementing such a project requires an enourmous amount of resources, including staff, expertise, money, and time.  It would seem that many of the key players involved in this project get overshadowed by the project’s purpose and magnitude.

Luckily, a site called Colliding Particles puts a face to the LHC.  In a series of well-documented webisodes, Colliding Particles provides a very interesting insight into the minds of the poeple behind the CERN and the LHC.

It is definitely worth seeing the first episode, at the very least.  I guarantee you will never look at the LHC without thinking of all the people supporting it at every stage.

ATLAS in Big Bang Theory

Posted in Science, TV with tags , , on July 25, 2008 by The Quintessential Geek

There is an ATLAS project poster in the engineering office at the University where the characters work.