Senior Exit Proj.

My brother, a chemical engineer at Purdue, and I were talking the other day and came upon the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN). I had vaguely discussed CERN last year in Physics class, but didn’t know much about the organization. I googled CERN and came up with some basics. CERN’s business is to find out the basics of all matter and the basics of the universe. CERN uses particle accelerators and detectors to collide particles to learn about the Laws of Nature. Their latest work is the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), a particle accelerator, which is 100 m underground and extends to the borders of Switzerland and France. Not only is the LHC the largest particle accelerator yet, but is probably the most controversial. Myths and mysteries surround the scientific marvel stating it has the potential to cause such things as black holes and might lead to the discovery of the “god particle.” Many online forums have even linked the LHC to Nostradamus.

I’m interested in CERN’s LHC both for it’s scientific prospects and the supposed world-ending myths behind it.

Any thoughts?



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3 responses to “Senior Exit Proj.

  1. hi kate! have you ever seen the show “The Universe” on Discovery Chasnnel? In an episode about black holes they discussed the Large Hadron Collider. I don;t know if that would be any help but it seemed relevant.

  2. macoffeegrounds

    In other words, you want to do your exit project exploring the LHC and the legend behind it? I think it’s workable. Keep in the back of your mind the angle that sometimes in pursuit of progress, we don’t necessarily always keep in mind where the progress will take us. I’m not saying that it’s necessarily good or bad, but Oppenheimer’s statement after developing the atomic bomb said, “Now, I am become death, the destroyer of worlds.”

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