The World's Biggest Science Experiment
Today, scientists at CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research, began operating the much anticipated Large Hadron Collider. Known for being the world's largest particle accelerator, this 17 mile long tunnel took 14 years to build and cost 9 billion dollars. If all goes as planned, the collider will accelerate particles at over 99% the speed of light! This amazing capability should theoretically enable scientists to recreate conditions like those immediately following the Big Bang. Scientists hope that the LHC will help solve some of physics greatest mysteries, such as the existence of the Higgs boson and possibly even the existence of other dimensions . If you would like to learn more about some of the exciting questions physicists are hoping to answer with the help of the LHC, you might want to check out The Elegant Universe by Brian Greene or The God Particle: if the universe is the answer, what is the question? by Leon Lederman.