One of my kids asked me about the strange picture dominating Google.com’s website today, and I told them it was a picture of a particle collider, in honor of the LHC going operational this morning at CERN.
CERN is the European Center for Nuclear Research, and the LHC is the Large Hadron Collider. The LHC has an ambitious mission: find the source of mass ……
We know that all matter is composed of mass, and that mass creates gravity. We can study its affects, but we are unable to as of yet, determine what causes something to have mass. It is predicted by some that an elusive particle called the Higgs boson is the key. As of yet, it remains undetectable. The LHC is supposed to be able to find it. Everything from understanding black holes to dark matter may be hanging in the balance of these experiments, which should begin in the next few months.
It may be the biggest physics project since the Manhattan Project.