Posted by Peter on 10th September 2008

Cern, Higgs Boson success start

Well the end of the earth has not happened. Scientists at Cern have successfully fired two protons round the Large Hadron Collider this morning.
Probably the most famous and expensive experiment ever set up it deserves our encouragement and enthusiasm. Plenty of maths and physics on show!! I’m not going into detail here about the Higgs Boson particle etc, but it is just the kind of news that we need if we are ever going to encourage young people to take up Physics and Maths at A level rather than Media Studies or Tourism!
As Dr Shears explained
“Our experiments are so huge, so complex and so expensive that they don’t come along very often. When they do, we get all the physics out of them that we can.”

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