Joe's Reviews > Present at the Creation: The Story of CERN and the Large Hadron Collider

Present at the Creation by Amir D. Aczel
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Nov 02, 10

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Read in October, 2010

It was good! The scope was a bit narrow only really focusing on the ATLAS and CMS experiments at the Large Hadron Collider, but it's understandable since the LHC hasn't been in operation that long.

The history behind the construction and the different roles played by the partner nations was all very interesting and I really enjoyed the little vignettes of the high-energy and quantum scientists that pioneered the field.

My favorite factoid: the LHC is comprised of over 1 billion miles of ultra-fine superconducting filaments, enough to stretch from the Earth to the Sun and back again five times!

It's fun, give it a shot.
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