The worlds largest man-made circle is in Cern. CERN is not a place, it is an organisation, the European Organisation for Nuclear Research. the CERN Laboratory sits astride the Franco–Swiss border near Geneva. CERN is an international laboratory for particle physicists, providing some of the most technologically advanced facilities for their research into the basic building blocks of the Universe. One of these is the massive 27km long Large Hadron Collider (LHC) which is a gigantic instrument which circles 100m below the ground in a huge loop that travels through Switzerland and France
Before the LHC was completed, a group of my particle physics class went on a trip to see the tunnel & one of the detectors (ATLAS) before all the final adjustments were made & the detectors sealed. It was hard to capture the scale of the tunnels & of the detector itself, but I had a go, while standing in the worlds largest man-made circle 🙂
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This week’s Travel Theme is Circles
Sooooo envious – I would love to see it, and also to have been privy to the human dramas that played out between so many brilliant minds working so closely together for months on end
It was a trip not to be missed, and so great to be able to go down into the tunnel & see the detector right in front of us!
The ‘brilliant minds’ brings up interesting thoughts…..
Firstly, in order to work at CERN you need to be brilliant at coding…. writing computer code. People under 30 who love coding are a breed into themselves…. their idea of fun is playing World of War-craft (WOW) and re-enacting Star Trek scenes. Also a huge amount of physics geniuses are autistic, so their social skills are lacking finesse.
Going to the restaurant was a fascinating experience, it was eerily quiet despite the huge number of people there. so many were on laptops or tablets or other devices…..
Those brilliant minds may work in the same room, but so many of them work completely independently, alone in their own heads.
I know I am generalising massively, but it is a special breed that chooses to work in this field!
Another amazing thing about this project is the collaboration has been going since the 1950’s, quite consistent considering the diverse nature of the scientists working on this.
Yes 1954 🙂
The thing is, again, brilliant scientists are a breed of their own. They are often not in the slightest bit interested in politics, nor do they consider the consequences of their research. (This is why I don’t work in Physics, the jobs I want are all for the government or military. I can’t do that)
Oppenheimer is famous for not thinking his invention through, and Feynman was involved in Atomic bomb research without any thought for the consequences.
Their common goal is the science, there is no conflict, except in interpreting the results!
I think you just might have the most unusual circles … interesting post.
Thank you 🙂 Great to have actual photos of something that is 100m underground & 27km long!!
Amazing actually 😉
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Fascinating. I once applied for a job with CERN. Told them I was good at running around in circles.
Did they even reply?
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